|DR. JAMES MICHAEL FLEETWOOD
Dr. James Michael Fleetwood, 51, of Palacios, died May 9, 2001. Dr.
Fleetwood was born Oct. 11, 1949 in Pasadena, Tx. to the late Louis Cole
and Ray James Fleetwood. Dr. Fleetwood moved to Palacios about six years
ago to start Palacios Family Chiropractic. He had previously been a geophysicist
with Mobil Oil. He served as President of the Palacios Chamber of Commerce
and was in charge of the upcoming Cancer Society Survivors Walk. Active
in the community, he has served as Santa Claus and Easter bunny for the
city and other civic organizations. He also had a great love of sailing.
He is survived by a sister, Mary Lou Kirves; numerous nieces and nephews;
and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death
by a brother, Ray Howard Fleetwood.
JAMES PINCKNEY WALLER
Memorial services for James Pinckney Waller, 84, of Tidewater Oaks,
were held May 11, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home with the Rev. Andy
Blair officiating. He died Thursday, May 3, 2001. A native of Nocona, Tex.,
he was born Nov. 9, 1916 to the late James Pinckney and Denta Titsworth
Waller. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at the age of 18 and
later entered the Army Air Force at Dodd Field in San Antonio. During World
War II, he was a member of the 57th Fighter Wing of the 9th Army Air Force;
and the 57th Bomber Wing of the 12th Army Air Force, in the European Theatre,
as a communication Sgt/Maj. In the 1950s he was a member of the Victoria
Chapter of the Civil Air Patrol. He worked for the Texas Highway Department,
DuPont, as a real estate broker, and retired from Intermedics at Freeport,
Tex. In addition to being an electrician, he also trained dogs, showed
Irish Setters and gave obedience classes. He was a life member of the National
Rifle Association and an instructor in gun safety. He suffered injuries
to his spine and leg in a private plane wreck in 1957, which gradually
crippled him and confined him to a wheel chair at the end. He was also
a member of VFW Post 2467 of Palacios. Survivors include his children and
their spouses: James Waller of Victoria, Betty and Red Kirby of Blessing,
Simone and Yves Alart of Berre L'Etang, France, Simone Tipton of Victoria,
Dennis and Linda Waller of Missouri City, and Celestine and Donald Merritt
of Fort Worth; siblings Wilma (Babe) Winn of Bellville, Joyce Harrison
of Washington, Joseph (Hucky) Waller of Mansfield, Erma Kibler of New Mexico,
Jeannette Streadwick of Wichita Falls, and Jack (Bill) Waller of Richardson;
special people, Marie Vinklarek Calhoun of Victoria and Dedee Susini of
Corsica. He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Waller; two sisters,
Elisabeth Butler and Brucella Wheatley; a brother, Weldon Waller and companion,
DORTHA MAE ROSE MOSIER JONES
Graveside funeral services for Dortha Mae Rose Mosier Jones, 77, of
Houston, were held May 4, 2001 at the Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Jones was
born Nov. 28, 1923 in Pledger, Tx. She passed away May 1, 2001 in Katy,
Tx. She had been a resident of Palacios for 45 years and had resided in
Houston for the past 15 years. She is survived by her husband, Allen W.
Jones of Katy; two sons, Edwin Leon Mosier, Jr. of Elkhart, Tx. and Charles
Mosier of Dallas; a daughter, Dortha Ann Hamm of Bellmead, Tx; two stepsons,
Dwayne Jones of Willis, Tx. and Dennis Jones of Tulsa, Okla.; a sister,
Emaline Reed of Van Vleck; eight grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
MARION SIMES WILSON
Funeral services for Marion Simes Wilson, 82, of Palacios, were held
May 3, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Shan Jackson
officiating. Interment was at Oaklawn Memorial Park in El Campo. Mr. Wilson
was born May 29, 1918 in Pierce, Tex. to George Matthew Wilson and Leaner
Claudia Worthington Wilson. He died May 1, 2001 in Bay City. He was a farmer
and a resident of Palacios since 1966. He was a member of the Church of
Christ of Palacios, the VFW in El Campo and a US Army veteran of World
II in which he received the Purple Heart while serving in both the European
and Pacific Theaters of combat. He was an avid gardener and a very compassionate
person who also cared for his parents and his wife's parents until the
time of their deaths. He is survived by his daughter, Annette Wilson, of
Palacios; sons and daughters-in-law Eugene and Shirley Wilson of Palacios,
Lee and Bobbie Wilson of Palacios, Lindsay and Kathy Wilson of Bay City,
and Terrill and Jeanie Wilson of Palacios; grandchildren James Wilson,
Bryan Wilson, Cassie Wilson, Lacie Wilson and Erica Wilson, all of Palacios,
and Michael Sellers of Bay City. He was preceded in death by his wife,
Bertha Scherdick Wilson, in 1987. Pallbearers were Wayne Wilson, James
Wilson, Bryan Wilson, Randy Wilson, Edward Joe Scherdick and Charles Hutto.
JAMES AARON BRISTER
Funeral services for James Aaron Brister, 87, of Palacios, were to
be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios
with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment will be a Palacios Cemetery.
Mr. Brister was born Dec. 27, 1913 in San Augustine, Tx. to Henry James
Brister and Charlcie Morning Marshall Brister. He died April 28, 2001.
He was a longtime resident of Palacios and a former 30-yr. resident of
Port Neches, Tx. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios,
a retired fireman from the Neches Butane Co. of Port Neches, and a U. S.
Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Jewell Burns
Brister of Palacios; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharron and Raymond Kwiatkowski
of Troy, MI; sisters Maggie Drawhorn of Zavalla, Tx., Emily Harvey of Palacios,
Elaine Melling of Groves, Tx., Dorothy Faye Hamlin of Sweeny, Tx., Charlcie
LeClair of Pearland, Tx., and Melba Joyce McCroy of Palacios; brothers
Willie Brister of Zavalla, Tx., Elton Brister of Selkirk Island, Tx., and
L. J. Brister of Palacios; grandchildren Richard Aaron Womack and wife
Jackie of Waterford, MI, and Sharron Renya Austin and husband Mark of Elizabethton,
TN; and great-grandchildren Courtney Austin, Brooke Austin, and Renya Austin,
all of Elizabethton, TN. ,hr>
Funeral services for Rosaura Flores, 81, of Palacios, will be held
at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church of
Palacios with Rev. Andy Blair and Rev. Janell Blair officiating. Interment
was at Palacios Cemetery. Visitation will be held until noon Friday, April
27 at Palacios Funeral Home and afterwhich at the First Presbyterian Church
up until the funeral service. Mrs. Flores was born July 1, 1919 in Mexico
to the late Reyes and Pilar Sanchez Garcia. She died April 25, 2001. She
is survived by daughters Ophelia Peres of Palacios, Evangeline Reyes of
Palacios, Stella Martino of Palacios, and Pilar Flores of Austin; sons
Abelardo Flores, Jr. of Palacios, Thomas Flores of Bay City, and Antonio
Flores of Palacios; a sister, Teresa Gonzales of Palacios; 18 grandchildren,
and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and
her husband, Abelardo Flores, Sr. Pallbearers are Marcos Flores, Thomas
Flores II, Abraham Flores, Eddie Reyes, Louis Martino III, and James Flores.
Funeral services for Jeanne Partain, 69, of Fredericksburg, formerly
of Palacios, were held April 29, 2001 at Laurel Park United Methodist Church
in Richmond, Virginia. Interment was in the Greenwood Memorial Gardens.
Her remains rest at the Joseph W. Bliley Funeral Home in Richmond, Virginia.
Mrs. Partain was born in Palacios to the late Joe and Alice Beard. She
died April 26, 2001. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and
a graduate of Palacios High School. Mrs. Partain is survived by her husband,
Jack Partain; children Jim and Kathy of Springfield, Virginia; five brothers,
Everett Beard, JoeRay Beard, Lonnie Beard, Donnie Beard and Tommy Beard;
one sister, Thelma Holloway; one grandson, Cory Partain; and numerous nieces
JUDY ANN BARTOSH
Judy Ann Bartosh, 60, of Deer Park, Tx., died April 22, 2001 of lukemia
at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She was born June 2, 1940 in
Huntington, W. Va., to Frances Bean and the late Donald Leon 'Mac" McCain.
A resident of Palacios for 18 years, she moved to Deer Park where she lived
with her mother for the past 9 years. She was an accomplished writer, artist,
and published poet. She is survived by her children Peggy and Jack Hawkins,
Tomi Moebly, John and Beth Purtee, Barry and Shari Bartosh, and Diane Harrison;
a brother, Robert L. McCain; a sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Jerry
Purczinsky; grandchildren Charlie and Angelica Hebert, Haley and Jamie
Kruse, Sharlotte Hebert, Jamie Paige, Janet and Brock Hodge, Chalon Hawkins,
Bonni Hawkins, Nicole Bartosh, Korey Bartosh, John Purtee III, Kimberly
Bartosh, Daniel Harrison, and Jenna Harrison; and great-grandchildren Tristan
and Steffen Kruse, and Jareth Hebert.
KATHLYN 'PATSY' SELLS
Funeral services for Kathlyn 'Patsy" Sells, 79, of Palacios were held
April 21, 2001 at the First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Hollas Hoffman
officiating. Interment was in Palacios Cemetery. A native of Palacios,
she was born Feb. 21, 1922 in Palacios to the late John W. and Roberta
Partain Richards. She died April 17, 2001. A homemaker, Mrs. Sells was
a member of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter and
son-in-law, Cathy and Philip Cusimano of Richmond; three sons and daughters-in-law,
Bobby and Cyndie Sells of Palacios, Ron and Marsha Sells of Port Lavaca,
and John and Sheryl Sells of Shreveport, La.; two sisters, Bobby Jean Braden
of Port Lavaca and Ginger Turner of Kerrville; one brother, Joe Richards
of El Campo; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Harold Moore Sells; two sisters, Billie Burt Rowe
and Lanell Richards; and one brother, John C. 'Red" Richards. Pallbearers
were Ronald, Johnny and Bobby Sells, Philip, Kelly, Jeff and Andrew Cusimano.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Palacios.
HOMER THEODORE PHILLIPS
Funeral services for Homer Theodore Phillips, 91, of Blessing, were
held April 16, 2001 at First Baptist Church in Blessing with the Rev. Larry
Swift officiating Interment was at Hawley Cemetery. Mr. Phillips was born
March 16, 1911 in Thorton. He died April 13, 2001, following a lengthy
illness. He was a member and deacon at First Baptist Church in Blessing
and was a contractor in the Blessing area. He is survived by his wife,
Stella Rickaway Phillips; sons, David Phillips and Gary Phillips, both
of Blessing; sister, Mildred Autrey of Brazoria; and three grandchildren.
RAYMOND GARCIA, JR.
Funeral services for Raymond Garcia, Jr., 54, of Palacios, were held
April 10, 2001 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Edward
Boren officiating. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.
Mr. Garcia was born April 10, 1946 in Palacios to the late Raymond Sr.
and Paula Garcia. He died April 8, 2001. He was a former employee of United
Electrical & Instrumentation of Clute and Davis International, working
as an electrician. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He
is survived by his wife, Marleny Garcia; daughter Estella Garcia of Bay
City; sons Raymond Garcia III of Angleton and Ruben Garcia of Brenham;
sisters Lucy Garza of Freeport, Angelina Ferrell of Houston, Janie Penland
and Pauline Gomez, both of Palacios; brothers Blas Garcia, Lucio Garcia
and Joe Garcia, all of Palacios; and one grandchild.
ALBERTA 'ROBBIE' DeWITT
Funeral services for Alberta 'Robbie' DeWitt, 87, of Palacios, were
held April 6, 200 at Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Brett Moreland officiating.
Interment was at Hawley Cemetery. Mrs. DeWitt was born Jan. 3, 1914 to
Maggie S. Noland and Robert Lee Moore. She died April 3, 2001. She was
a housewife and a Baptist. She is survived by a daughter, Martha Wright
of Palacios; a son, Carl Kennon DeWitt of Victoria; five grandchildren;
and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl
DeWitt; a son, Kelly Knight DeWitt; sisters Monia Lee and Helamal; and
a brother, Monroe Fancher. Funeral arrangements were with Taylor Bros.
MURIEL LAMEY BATES
Funeral services for Muriel Lamey Bates, 67, of Palacios, were held
April 2, 2001 at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios with Rev.
Charlie Parker officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Bates
was born Feb. 6, 1934 in Bayou La Batre, Ala. to the late Mitchell Oliver
and Hattie Smith Lamey. She died March 30, 2001 at Citizens Medical Center
in Victoria. She was a Baptist and a resident of Palacios since 1975. Mrs.
Bates is survived by her husband, Ted Bates, Jr. of Palacios; daughters
and sons-in-law Hattie Lynn and Charles L. Wright of Selkirk Island, Karen
Riva of Palacios, and Alisson and Billy Welsh of Palacios; a sister, Mildred
Pomeroy of Knoxville, Tenn.; an aunt, Eunice Malette of Bayou LaBatre,
Ala.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents,
she was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Schjott of Bayou LaBatre,
Ala. Pallbearers were Ronnie Johnson, Hudson Bates Sr., Gary Tilton, John
Carroll Sardelich, Brian Schjott and Clay Schjott.
Funeral services for Gerald McKissick, 63, of Bay City, were held April
1, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral home with Pastor Rodney Box officiating.
Interment was at Hawley Cemetery. Mr. McKissick was born Sept. 8, 1937
in Bay City to Thomas Walter and Alma Vavra McKissick. He died at his residence
on March 30, 2001. Mr. McKissick was a resident of Bay City the past year
and a former longtime resident of the El Maton area. His is survived by
two daughters, Kathy McKissick of Bay City and Kimberly McKissick of Bryan,
Tx.; son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Charlotte McKissick of Bay City;
his mother, Alma McKissick of El Maton; sisters and brothers-in-law Jessie
and Jack Falks of Somerville, and Susie and Craig Glassock of El Maton;
brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Laura McKissick of Markham; grandchildren
Brandon, Bradley and Bryce McKissick, and Hillary Vandervort, all of Bay
City. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna McKissick, and his father,
Thomas Walter McKissick. Pallbearers were Kinney and Kevin McKissick, Jack
Falks Jr., Greg Cain, Michael Glasscock and Jamie McAda. Honorary pallbearers
were Brandon, Bradley and Bryce McKissick, and Bruce Ramsey.
GEORGE M. LLANES
A Funeral Mass for George M. Llanes, 83, of Palacios, was held March
31, 2001 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating.
Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Llanes was born April 23, 1917
in Citrus Grove, Matagorda County, Tx. to the late Cosme and Anita Marmolejo
Llanes. He died March 29, 2001 at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston.
He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and a member of the Knights
of Columbus. He was a crane operator with Alcoa Aluminum co. and a member
of Alcoa's 25-year club. He is survived by his wife of 62-years, Feliciana
Garza Llanes of Palacios; daughters and sons-in-law Gloria and Sam Garcia
of Alvin, and Josefa 'Jodie' and Richard Cedillo of New Braunfels, Tx.;
sons and daughters-in-law George Llanes, Jr. of Bellflower, CA., Domingo
and Celia Llanes of Palacios, Gilbert and Lupita Llanes of Pasadena, Tx.,
and David and Debbie Llanes of Alvin, Tx.; sisters Mary Flores of Palacios
and Grace Morales of Rockdale, Tx., brothers Demetrio Llanes of Palacios,
Lawrence Llanes of Hobbs, NM, Tim Llanes of Texas City, and Canto Llanes
of Corpus Christi; 19 grandchildren, and 39 great-grandchildren.
LEETTA MAE HARVEY
Funeral services for Leetta Mae Harvey, 87, of Palacios, were held
March 29, 2001 at First Baptist Church of Palacios with Revs. Hollas Hoffman
and Gary Rodgers officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs.
Harvey was born Nov. 2, 1913 in Matagorda County to the late Samuel Bradley
and Montie Alice Anderson Lee. She died March 27, 2001. She was a homemaker
and a member of First Baptist Church in Palacios and the Ladies Auxiliary
of VFW Post No. 2467 in Palacios. She is survived by her daughter, Delores
Mae VanDyke of Lockhart; sons, Jeffie Harvey, Charles Harvey and Terry
Lee Harvey, all of Palacios; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Harvey; parents; sisters,
Helen Pausley and Leona Speed; and brothers, George Anderson, Loyal Lee
and Clinton Lee. Pallbearers were Tim Nyquist, Richard Ripke, Paul Kubecka,
Robby Kubecka, Kyle Harvey and Jeremy VanDyke.
Graveside services for Janice Burnes, 57, of Kempner Texas and formerly
of Palacios, were held March 29, 2001 at Midway Cemetery near Goldsboro,
Tx. with Rev. Scott Mayer officiating. Mrs. Burnes was born in Gorman,
Tx. to Margaret Betterton Day and Charles Robinson Day. She died at her
residence on March 27, 2001. She graduated from Gorman High School in 1962
and attended Tarleton State University and received her Bachelors in Elementary
Education from McMurray College in 1966. She received her Masters of Education
from Sam Houston State in 1980. She taught in Copperas Cove, Ranger, West
Hardin and Kountz, Kaufman, Bay City and Palacios ISDs. She also worked
with the Abilene Regional Council on Drugs and Alcohol. She is survived
by her husband, Sam Burnes of Kempner; two sons, Conan of Waco and Samuel
of Levelland; a brother, Billy Day of Dallas; and a sister, Joan Butler
of Gorman, Tx.
Funeral services for Emilio Lara, 66, of Blessing, were held March
13, 2001 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Blessing with the Rev. Samuel
Appiasi officiating. Interment was at St. Peters Catholic Church. Mr. Lara
was born Aug. 8, 1934, in San Juan, to the late Cruz and Francisca Lara.
He died March 9, 2001. He was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church. He
is survived by his wife, Josephine Lara; daughters, Lora Metcalf of Rochelle,
Ill. and Donna Argon of Friendswood; sons, Jesus Lara of Clear Lake, Adrian
Lara of Nasa Bay, Rojelio Lara of Santa Fe, Mario Lara and Tomaz Lara,
both of Memphis, Tenn. and Eugene Lara of Blessing; sister, Lisa Pendleton
of Blessing; brothers, Porfilio Lara, Cruz Lara Jr., Vincent Alvarado and
Tony Alvarado, all of Blessing, and Lino Lara of Rochelle, Ill.; 17 grandchildren;
and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by: son, Arturo Lara;
and sister, Maria Soto.
JOHN V. OTTINO
Funeral services for John 'Jay" V. Ottino, 70, of El Campo were held
March 4, 2001 at the Triska Funeral Home Chapel in El Campo, with Deacon
Jarrel Nohavitza officiating. Interment was Monday, March 5, at Houston
National Cemetery. He died March 2. A native of Palacios, he was born Nov.
16, 1930 to the late John R. and Dorothy Roach Ottino. A veteran of the
U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the Korean War, he was a retired manager
of Rice Belt Warehouse in Bay City. He was a member of the Elks Lodge,
American Legion, St. Philip's Catholic Church, the DAV, VFW and was a past
grand knight of the Knights of Columbus in Blessing. Survivors include
the widow, Mary Ottino of El Campo; daughter, Debbie Kovasovic of East
Bernard; two sisters, Josephine Gonzales of Palacios and Margie Acosta
of Bay City; and one grandson. Memorials may be made to the El Campo Elks
Tina Loff, 40, of Houston, died Feb. 19, 2001. Rosary and funeral mass
were held at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, with the Rev. Benjamin Smistrla,
celebrant. Interment was at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Houston. She was born
in Houston on Sept. 29, 1960 to the late Frank W. Vivian and Polly Commander
Vivian Titus. A devoted mother and spouse, Tina is survived by her husband,
Aaron, son of the late Arvid Loff of the Carancahua Community; her two
children, Joshua Ripple and Kayla Loff; her god-child, Adele Carlson; Willie
Ripple, Jr., father of Joshua Ripple; numerous relatives and many friends,
old and new; along with her 'other children"čthree dogs, three cats and
a rooster. Always reads with a warm smile, Tina struck up friendships everywhere
she went. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Ambrose, where she was
baptized, confirmed, married and where both her children were baptized
and currently serve as altar servers. An avid lover of animals, Tina spent
20 years as supervisor of an animal clinic where she was much loved by
the clientele, compassionately dispensing advice, guidance and consolation
to clients and patients.
MARIA DeLOS SANTOS GALVAN
Funeral mass for Maria DeLos Santos Galvan, 76, of Blessing, were held
Feb. 26, 2001 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing, with Fr. James
R. Nischan officiating. A native of Paso Real, Tx., she was born April
25, 1924 to the late Margarito and Petra Rodriguez DeLos Santos. She died
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001. She was a resident of Blessing for the past 40
years and a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. Survivors include her
husband, Antonio Galvan, Sr., of Blessing; daughters and sons-in-law: Gloria
and Tony Alvarado of Blessing, Estella and Pete Soliz of Clute, Ester and
Jimmy Rodriguez of Francitas and Becky Galvan of Bay City; sons and daughters
in-law: Marcelino Galvan, Tony Galvan, Jr. and wife Susan, Carlos Galvan,
Migel Galvan, Sr., and wife Mary Jane, Daniel Galvan, Sr. and wife Mary
Rose, Robert Galvan, Sr. and wife Bea, Alexander Galvan, all of Blessing,
and Eddie Galvan and wife Janie of Bay City; two sisters, Lupe Cantu and
Antonia Zartuche of Harlingen; 35 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Jose DeLos Santos and Florencio
DeLos Santos. Named pallbearers were Ricky Galvan, David Vincent Galvan,
Ruben Alvarado, Mike Galvan, Jr., Daniel Galvan, Jr., Jason Galvan, Ernie
Esquivel and Jimmy Rodriguez. All grandchildren were named honorary pallbearers.
WALTER CHRISTIAN BRAM
Funeral services for Walter Christian Bram, 96, of Danevang, were held
Feb. 25, 2001 at Danevang Lutheran Church with the Rev. Laird Engle officiating.
Interment was at Danevang Lutheran Cemetery. Mr. Bram born Jan. 29, 1905,
in Matagorda County, to the late Marius and Christina Christiansen Bram.
He died Feb. 22, 2001. He was a retired mechanic and a member of Danevang
Lutheran Church. He is survived by daughters, Peggy Schomburg of Stafford,
Geneva Wilson of Palacios and Sybil Lambright of Haughton, La.; sons, Clifton
Bram of Danevang and Tommy Bram of El Campo; sister, Clara Sifford of El
Campo; brothers, Emil 'Jack" Bram and Otto Bram, both of Danevang and Elve
Bram of El Campo; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Recie Mae Bram; and parents. Pallbearers
were Craig Bram, Doug Schomburg, Chris Schomburg, Steven Wilson, Rick Lambright
and John Armatta. Honorary pallbearers were Kimberly Cooper, Rhonda Huitt,
Lori Armatta, Recie Staff, Loretta Lambright, Nashay Bram and Jennifer
Bram. Memorials may be made to Danevang Lutheran Church or the Danish Historical
Society of Danevang.
ANNIE MAE HURTA
Funeral services for Annie Mae Hurta, 76, of Midfield were held Friday,
Feb. 23, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Adamson
officiating. Eulogist was Ona Lee Pierce. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery,
Blessing. She died Monday, Feb. 19 at Bay Villa Nursing home in Bay City.
She was born Feb. 28, 1924 in Sealy to the late John J. and Emily Esterak
Swinky. A resident of Midfield since 1973, she was a member of the Midfield
Community Church, a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary American
Legion Cecil Lee Post No. 649; a member of the Midfield Extension Homemakers
Club, and was very active in the 4-H clubs of Matagorda County. In 1985,
Mrs. Hurta received the Homemaker of the Year Award; in May of 1994, she
received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Midfield Volunteer Fire
Department and EMS; and in March of 1996, she received a 50-year members
Award of Texas Association for Family and Community Education. Survivors
include one daughter, LaVerne Hicks of Midfield; two sons and a daughter-in-law:
Marvin and Nona Hurta of Ashby and Lawrence Hurta of Midfield; sisters:
Wilma Vavra of El Maton, Frances Dusek and husband Ray of East Bernard,
Doris Johs and husband Sonny of Blessing, Margaret Fehmel and husband Bill
of Bay City, Geraldine Strelec and husband Edwin of Edna, and Patricia
Scott and husband Gary of Clear Lake; brothers: Edward Swinky and wife
Helen of Bay City, and Johnny Swinky and wife Loreen of Florida; eight
grandchildren, Lynda Brooks of Edna, Brenda Stewart of Tekamah, NB, Kimberly
Hurta of Bay City, Wendy Saha and husband Eric of Blessing, Jason Hurta
of Edna, Chad Hurta of Van Vleck, Russell Hicks and wife Rebecca of Aransas
Pass, and Ashley Hurta of Bay City; and eight great-grandchildren. Also
daughter-in-law: Priscilla Hurta-Skalicky of Edna; sister-in-law Edith
Hurta of Midfield; and brothers-in-law A.W. Hurta and wife Totsy of Midfield
and Bill Herrin of Palacios. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Edwin Edward Hurta, Sr. in 1995; a son, Edwin Edward Hurta, Jr. in 1992;
by two sisters, Louise Knebel Boling and Emily Herrin; and a brother, Bennie
Swinky. Pallbearers were Russell Hicks, Jason Hurta, Chad Hurta, Eric Saha,
Ralph Petersen and Bill Hurta. Memorials may be made to the Midfield EMS
or Midfield Community Church.
WARRIE WINNER WOODROW WILSON SCHICKE
Funeral services for Warrie Winner Woodrow Wilson Schicke, 83, of Midfield,
were held Feb. 17, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hollie
Briscoe officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Schicke was
born Feb. 6, 1918 at Schicke Point, Calhoun Co. to the late Charles and
Minnie Osterman Schicke. He was the youngest of 14 children. He was a lifelong
resident of Schicke Point up until four years ago when he moved to Midfield.
He was a member of the Baptist Church and attended Carancahua Chapel and
St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He was a Navy veteran of WWII and a member
of Palacios Queen-Hamlin VFW Post 2467. He retired from Alcoa Aluminum
after 30 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and spent a great deal of his
time hunting, fishing, and gardening. He usually gave away the ducks, geese,
fish and vegetables to anyone who stopped by to visit or listen to one
of his many stories. He is survived by his wife, Nellie Lemeke Schicke
of Midfield; daughter and son-in-law June Ann and Ronnie Murray of Corpus
Christi; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Jack Anders of Lolita,
Tx.; two grandsons and spouses, Andy and Tammie Murray, and Britt and Robin
Murray, all of Corpus Christi; great-grandchildren Shey, Collin, and Angelia
Murray of Corpus Christi; stepsons and spouses Jesse and Sheri Shindler
of Blessing, Danny and Dianna Shindler of Bay City, Phillip and Jerri Lou
Shindler of Columbia, Mo.; step-grandchildren Bill Donica, Somer and Lacy
Shindler of Blessing, Kacy Shindler of Bay City, and Heidi and Holli Shindler
of Columbia, Mo. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anita Katherine
LeBlanc Schicke. Pallbearers were W. A. 'Billy" Stuhrenberg, Paul Abraham,
Roger Lovell, Bret and Andy Murray, and Bill Shindler. Honorary pallbearer
was Percy Venglar.
SYLVESTER JAMES POLK, IV
Funeral services for Sylvester James Polk, IV, 33 of Palacios were
held Feb. 17, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Tony
Flores officiating. Cremation was at Evergreen Memorial Park in Wharton.
Mr. Polk was born March 18, 1967 in Palacios to Sylvester Polk, III and
Jeanette Deadrick Polk. He died Feb. 9, 2001 at Citizens Memorial Hospital
in Victoria following an automobile accident. He was owner and operator
of Sly Polk's Seafood delivery business in Palacios. He is survived by
his wife, Jessica Puentes Polk; three children, Jazmine, Clarisa and Savion
Polk; his father, Sylvester Polk III; sisters Mia Edwards and husband James,
and Tonya Pinkston; brothers I. J. Polk, Seaman Polk, Jonathan Polk and
Michael Polk; grandmothers Mable Deadrick and Earline Polk; and a host
of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers
are John Puentes, Thomas Puentes, John Brewer, Robert Woolsey, Carlos Diaz
and Rhett Robinson.
CHARLENE LEE SHELTON
Funeral services for Charlene Lee Shelton, 76, of Palacios, were held
Feb. 5, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Hollas Hoffman
officating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Shelton was born July
12, 1924 in Chiderter, Ark. to the late William Dewey and Lela Earl Turbeville
Lee. She died Feb. 1, 2001. She was a member of the Alapha Club. She is
survived by her sons, Terry Lee and Robby Earl Shelton, both of Houston;
a brother, William Aubrey Lee of Houston; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers are William Aubrey Lee, Marvin Curtis, Vic Kahlich, J. E. Todd,
Billy Hamlin and Lacey Lowry. Memorials may be made to the Palacios Library.
SYLVA LUCILE BARR DAVENPORT
Graveside funeral services for Slyva Lucile Barr Davenport, 100, of
Memphis, Tenn. were held Feb. 2, 2001 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev.
Andy Blair officiating. Mrs. Davenport was born Sept. 1, 1900 in Maryville,
Mo. to the late John James and Emma Rogina Ramige Barr. She died Jan. 30,
2001 at the Applingwood Healthcare Center in Memphis. She was a member
of the Presbyterian Church, a resident of Memphis for the past 10 years
and a former longtime resident of Palacios. She was a retired registered
nurse from Baylor University Hospital in Dallas. She is survived by a niece,
Doris Ann Barr of San Antonio; nephew, Richard D. Barr of Saudi Arabia;
great nephews Rob and James Barr; and sister-in-law Helen E. Barr of Cordova,
GARY WAYNE MOONEYHAM
Funeral services for Gary Wayne Mooneyham, 26, of Palacios were held
Feb. 1, 2001 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery
near Blessing. Mr. Mooneyham was born Aug. 6, 1974 in Bowie County, Tex.
to Curtis W. and Evyone Garner Mooneyham. He died Jan. 29, 2001. He is
survivied by a daughter, Destine Mooneyham of El Campo, his parents, Evyone
and Curtis W. Mooneyham; and brothers Greg and Kevin Mooneyham of Palacios,
and David Mooneyham of San Antonio.
SYLVIA MAE HASKELL
Graveside services for Sylvia Mae Haskell, 93, of Palacios were held
Jan. 19, 2001 at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing, with the Rev. Charlie Parker
officiating. A native of Mangum, Okla., she was born Dec. 8, 1907 to the
late James and Effie Mae Long Harris. She died Jan. 18, 2001. She was a
homemaker and a Baptist. Survivors include two daughters, Bettye Koontz
of Palacios and Willa Koontz of Sugar Land; a sister, Mable Kinard of Bay
City; 23 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Haskell; sons, Earl Rogers
and Donald Rogers; and one grandson. Pallbearers were Henry Penland, Scott
Arndt, Andy Arndt, Jeff Franklin, Terry Brossette and Robert Marek.
RUTH HATTIE WHEATON
Funeral services for Ruth Hattie Wheaton, 83, of Blessing were held
Jan. 19, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Pat Sliva officiating.
Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. Mrs. Wheaton was born Feb.
13, 1932 in Livonia, NY. She died Jan. 17, 2001. She was a resident of
Blesing for the past 23 years and a member of the Methodist Church. She
is survived by her husband, Rodney M. Wheaton of Blessing; her mother,
Maxine Thew of Mt. Morris, NY.; daughers Karen Alvord and husband Dan of
Palacios, Kietha Robertson and husband Rick of Pasadena, TX, Kathleen Wheaton
and fiance Jim Metzger of Bay City, and Debra Wheaton of Clute, Tx.; sons
Timothy Wheaton and wife Karen of Midfield, John Wheaton of Madrid, NY,
Eugene Wheaton of Raymondville, NY, and Dana Wheaton and wife Tina of Bay
City; sisters Nellie Baker of Perry, NY, Florence Fleischman of Naples,
NY, and Hazel Pate of Southern Pines, NC; brother Ronnie Thew of Avon,
NY; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by her father, Charles Cole.