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GYLE T. McKISSICK
Graveside funeral services for Gyle T. McKissick, 87, of Buckeye, were held Feb. 14, 2002 at the Ashby Cemetery with Rev. Joe Ramsey officiating. Mr. McKissick was born Nov. 1, 1914 in Palacios to the late Jame Luther and Belva Lockwood Dunbar McKissick. He died Feb. 12, 2001 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. He was a member of the Baptist Church, a lifelong resident of the Buckeye area, and a retired rice farmer, gas station owner and security guard. He is survived by his wife, Thelma McKissick of Buckeye; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael Lee and Debbie McKissick, Sr. of Palacios and Gyle David McKissick of Bay City; three step-daughters, Marie Moser of California, Wanda Maxey of Minnesota, and Gail Luna of Livingston, Tx.; sisters Barbara Sullivan and Reba McKissick, both of Bay City; brother, Bill McKissick of Bay City; 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; special neice Ann Saha of El Maton; and a host of other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Luther "Jake" McKissick, Jr., and Warren H. McKissick; and by another special niece, Shirley Meyer. Pallbearers were Bill Johnson, Louis Saha, Michael McKissick, Jr., Matthew Gyle McKissick, Vernon E. Hunt and Paul Hunt. Memorials may be made to the Gyle T. McKissick Memorial Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, Bay City, Tx. 77414. Arrangments were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

ELIZABETH FRANCES KANA
A Funeral Mass for Elizabeth Frances Kana, 81, of Palacios, was scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Revs. Gary Janak, Michael Lyons and Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in El Campo, Tx. Mrs. Kana was born July 29, 1920 in Schulenburg, Tx. to John and Francis Orsak Morris. She died Jan. 30, 2002. She was a resident of Palacios since 1946, a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters, and the St. Anthony's Altar Society. She was a loving mother and wife, a homemaker, and a bookkeeper for her husband's business. She is survived by her husband, George Charles Kana, Sr. of Palacios; daughter, Betty Boyd of Austin; sons, Edward J. Kana and wife Margaret of Lake Jackson, Tony Kana of Palacios, Joe C. Kana and wife, Bobbie, of Palacios, George Kana, Jr. of Palacios, and Bobby Kana and wife, Dena, of Santa Fe, Tx.; brother, Alvin Morris and wife, Margaret, of Scott, Miss.; grandchildren Chris and Carl Kana of Lake Jackson, Tx., Monica Kana Herring of Houston, Eric Kana and wife, Vanessa, of Midfield, Tx., Keri Soltow and husband, Jeff, of Loop, Tx., Amy Jo Kana of College Station, Tx., Lauren Hopkins of College Station, Tx., Daniel Hopkins of Austin, Blaine Boyd of Austin, Katelyn Kana of Palacios, Ty Kana and Hunter Kana of Santa Fe, Kelcie and Ashley Kana of Kerrville, and great-grandchildren Jenna Brook Kana of Palacios and Logan Soltow of Loop, Tx. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Francis Morris; her children Jennette, Raymond, Mary Ann, Michael and Daniel Kana; and brothers Louis Morris, Willie Morris, Emil Morris, Eddie Morris, Ludwig Morris, Eugene Morris. Pallbearers are Chris Kana, Carl Kana, Eric Kana, Daniel Hopkins, Jeff Soltow and Dustin Winkler. Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Catholic Daughters of St. Anthony's or to the Building Fund of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios, Tx.

MARTHA JOYCE HEBEL
Funeral services for Martha Joyce Hebel, 58, of Palacios were held Jan. 21, 2002 at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Charlie Parker officiated, followed by interment in Palacios Cemetery. She died Saturday, Jan. 19. A native of Morgan City, La., she was born Jan. 15, 1944 to Elsie Loff Olson of Carancahua Community and the late Loyd Olson. Mrs. Hebel was a former school teacher for the Tidehaven, Blessing and Matagorda school districts. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Palacios. Survivors in addition to her mother include husband, James Hebel of Palacios; three sons, James E. Hebel and Jeff Hebel, both of Austin, and Gary Hebel of Palacios; one brother, Edwin Olson of Palacios; and four grandchildren. Palacios Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

WILLIAM HERRIN
Funeral rites for William Herrin, 72, of Schike Point were held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002 at Bay City Funeral Home Chapel, with Hollie Briscoe officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery. He died Wednesday, Jan. 16, following a lengthy illness. A native of Houston, Mr. Herrin was born Aug. 6,1929 to Forest Green of Blessing and the late Mellie Green. He was a U.S. Veteran of Korea. He was a member of the East Bernard American Legion Post 226, and an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was preceeded in death by his wife Emily Herrin in 1990. Survivors include son, Scott L. Herrin, three grandaughters, Bobbie Jo Herrin, Emily Herrin, Tracy Herrin, and two great-grandchildren.

ATHLYN (ATHIE) RAASCH
Athlyn (Athie) Raasch, 81, of Palacios, died Jan. 14, 2002, in Victoria. A private family graveside service was to be held at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Athie was a member of the first Presbyterian Church of Palacios. She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws, Debbie and Terry Mosier of Palacios and Carole and Sam Lark; grandchildren Mary Lynn Mosier, Leigh Ann Mosier, Rusty Woodland, Scott Lark, Stephen Lark, and Capt. Tom Lark; great-grandchildren, John Lark Woodland, Lyndale Woodland, Payton Lark, and Chaz Zemanek; and a sister Jean Maegli of Milwaukee, WI. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Raasch, who died in 1969. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzhiemer's Assoc., 11251 Northwest Freeway, Suite 300, Houston, TX 77092.

FAWN ADAMS BLACKWELL
Funeral services for Fawn Adams Blackwell, 85, of Bay City, were held Jan. 15, 2002 at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Bay City with the Revs. Sam Starches and Greg Starks officiating. Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Mrs. Adams passed from this life on Saturday, Jan. 12. She was born June 27, 1916 in Ganado to the late John Henry Adams and Rachael Ruth Weynedt Adams. A lifelong resident of Matagorda County, she lived for many years at Collegeport, and had resided in Bay City since 1980. She was a member of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Bay City. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Rev. Samuel R. Starks of Bay City; by her son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Faye Blackwell of Chandler, Tex.; by her daughter-in-law, Willene Blackwell of Bay City. She is also survived by her brothers: Lloyd Adams and wife, Irene, of Angleton; and Noel Adams and wife, Hollice, of Alvin; by her sisters-in-law: Allie Adams and Annie Adams of Alvin, Irwon Jenson of Palacios, Geneva Jenson of Sugar Land and Betty Blackwell of Bay City; by her grandchildren: Robin Benton and husband, James, of Flower Mound, Tex.; Kristi Allison and husband, Gene, of Naples, Fla.; Shannon Blackwell of Chandler, Tex.; Greg Starks and wife, Michele, of Austin; Regena Dumas and husband, John, of Arlington; and by her great-grandchildren: Jonathan Starks, Matthew Starks, Andrew Dumas, Bailey Benton and Brice Benton; by her special friends Ann Reynolds and Nikki Barker; and by numerous nieces and nephews and a great host of friends. She was preceded in death her husband, Wade Blackwell; her son, Neil Blackwell; her brothers, Van and Burt Adams; and by her great-granddaughter, Jennifer Starks. Pallbearers were Shannon Blackwell, Greg Starks, John Dumas, Kenneth McKissick, George Agnew and James Starks. Honorary pallbearers were Don Steele and Wyatt Ashcraft.

LOUISE STOTTS EREKSON
Funeral services for Louise Stotts Erekson, 78, of Palacios, were held Jan. 7, 2002 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Erekson was born Sept. 3, 1923 in Llano County, Tx. to the late James and Lula Turberville Stotts. She died Jan. 4, 2002 at her daughter's residence in Concan, Tx. Mrs. Erekson was a resident of Palacios for the past 53 years and was a retired cafeteria manager for Palacios ISD with 34 years of service. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Thomas 'Rocky' Rocchio of Concan, Tx.; son and daughter-in-law Bruce Edward and Sharon Erekson of LaMarque, Tx.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Leroy Erekson; a sister, Lois Bode; a brother, James Monroe Stotts, and a grandchild, Randy Erekson. Pallbearers were Kenneth Smith, Juluis Aguilar, Terry Oglesby, Dick Kubecka, Don Matthews and Victor J. Kahlich. Memorials may be made to the Palacios High School Library or Palacios Library.

JOHN OTTINO MARTINO
A funeral Mass for John Ottino Martino, 80, of Palacios, was held Jan. 4, 2002 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Martino was born March 11, 1921 in Palacios to the late Louis and Donnie Ottino Martino. He died Dec. 30, 2001 at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston. Mr. Martino was a lifelong resident of Palacios, a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, and a U. S. Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Dolores and Harry Castro of Richmond, Tx., and Rosalie and John Lenihan of Floresville, Tx.; sisters Rosalie Tobias of Palacios and Julie Garcia of Victoria; four grandchildren, Evett Hamlin and husband Philip of Wharton, Marcus Castro of Richmond, Samantha Castro of Richmond, and Adam Rodriguez and wife Cindi of Rosenberg; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Diaz Martino; son, John Martino, Jr.; sister Pauline Pequeno; and brothers Louis Martino, Jr., Tom Martino, and Charles Martino. Pallbearers are Harry Castro, Philip Hamlin, Louis Martino III, James Kruse, Courtney Grigsby and Eddie Howard.

JOSEFINA DIAZ RODRIGUEZ
Funeral services for Josefina Diaz Rodriguez, 89, of Olivia, were held Jan. 2, 2002 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Rodriguez was born July 12, 1912 in Yancey, Tx. to the late Reyes Escobar and Santana Torres Diaz. She died Dec. 30, 2001 at Memorial Medical Center in Port Lavaca. She was a member of the Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Port Lavaca, a resident of Olivia for the past five years, and a former longtime resident of Palacios. She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Dominga and Gilbert Yanes of Olivia, and Esperanza Garcia of Austin; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ysidro D. Rodriguez of San Antonio and Jose A. and Carmen Rodriguez of Houston; a sister, Benita Cano of Dickinson; a brother, Porfirio Diaz of Houston; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felipe S. Rodriguez; a brother, Manuel Diaz; and two sisters, Isabel Lopez and Maria Martino. Pallbearers were James Robert Rodriguez, Joseph A. Rodriguez, Jose Luis Garcia, Marco Antonio Garcia, Christopher S. Yanes and Gilbert Yanes, Jr.

MARY JANE REYNA
Funeral services for Mary Jane Reyna, 46, of Palacios, were held Dec. 27, 2001 at Living Word Church in Palacios with Rev. Tony Flores officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Reyna was born March 1, 1955 in Palacios to Enemencia 'Mencha' Rodriguez Luna and the late Elias Luna, Sr. She died Dec. 22, 2001. She was a substitute teacher at Palacios ISD and a U. S. Air Force veteran. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Ramiro Reyna; daughter Jamie Reyna Solis of Oceanside, Calif.; son, Isaiah Ramiro Reyna of Palacios; grandchildren Ellie 'The Kid' Reyna and Michael Elias Flores, both of Oceanshide, Calif.; sister Linda Luna Story of Bay City; brothers Elias Luna Jr. of Lake Jackson, George Luna of Waco and Sam Luna of Austin; and her mother. Pallbearers were Ryan Luna, Jason O'Connor, Seth Luna, Michael Solis, Toby Reyna III and Greg Reyna. Honorary pallbearers were Rose mary Alvarado, Rose Lee Garcia dn Delia Reyna Hudson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mary Jane Reyna Fund at City State Bank of Palacios.

EULA MAE ANTHONY GREEN SIMMONS
Graveside services for Eula Mae Anthony Green SimMons, 84, of Palacios, were held Dec. 21, 2001 at White Rock Baptist Church Cemetery in Center, Tx. Mrs. SiMmons was born Oct. 28, 1917 in Shelby County, Tx. to the late Henderson James Anthony and Sarah Hattie Parish. She died Dec. 17, 2001 in Palacios. She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Doyce Green of Lancaster, Tx., and Carolyn and Charles Hutto of Palacios; a son, Larry Green of Houston; grandchildren Charla Day, Lanita Hutto and Wesley Hutto; and great-grandchildren Lancy Day and Robert Day.

DOROTHY MYRLEEN WOOD
Graveside services for Dorothy Myrleen Wood, 73, of Tres Palacios Oaks, were held Dec. 8, 2001 at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with speaker Wayne Fenske. Mrs. Wood was born Feb. 14, 1928 in El Campo to the late Boulden Oliver and Elsie Frances Henderson. She died Dec. 6, 2001 at her residence. She had been a resident of Tres Palacios Oaks since 1974. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Gene Wood of Tres Palacios Oaks; daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Wayne Fenske of Houston; sister Wynell Monte of Lafayette, La.; brother Gerald Henderson of Blessing; granchildren Michelle Meneely of Palacios, Jeffrey Fenske of Spring and Jennifer Whitney of Houston. She was preceded in death by her brother, Weldon Henderson.

KATHERINE JEAN RESSLER
Funeral services for Katherine Jean Ressler, 76, of Palacios, were held Dec. 8, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Ressler was born July 1, 1925 in Port Arthur, Tx. to the late David Oscar and Sallie Louise Linn Dodd. She died Dec. 4, 2001 at Hospice Austin's Christopher House. Mrs. Ressler moved with her family to Palacios in 1938. She was a 1942 graduate of Palacios High School. In 1959 she moved to Mississippi and was a former resident of Van Horn and Aransas Pass before moving back to Palacios 2-1/2 years ago. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios. She is survived by her husband, Joseph A. Ressler of Palacios; daughter and son-in-law Robin and Roger Grace of Dripping Springs, Tx.; sisters Louise Johnson of Aransas Pass, and Lillie B. Garrett of Angleton, Tx.; a brother, David Dodd of Fort Worth; three grandchildren‹Kerry James Ressler-Craig, Jr. and wife Betsy of Atlanta, Ga., Pat and Adam Haas of Dripping Springs, Tx.; and two great-grandchildren‹Joshua and Jacob Ressler-Craig of Atlanta, Ga. She was preceded in death by two sons, Kerry James Ressler and Dennis Ressler, and her daughter, Janice Ressler.

SUSAN HAWS BELL
A memorial service for Susan Haws Bell, 55, of Arlington, Tx., will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios. She died Nov. 29, 2001 from complications of leukemia. Her loving family and close friends surrounded her. A native of Wichita Falls, Susan was a former corporate meeting planner who worked in Houston and Dallas and was most recently employed by Central Market in Fort Worth. She was an avid birdwatcher and animal lover. Susan was a free spirit who truly loved life and was loved by all who knew her. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy Haws Bowers and Butch Bowers of Palacios; niece and nephew-in-law, Allison Bowers and Aaron Hamilton of Austin; niece, Christa Bowers of Austin; aunt, Fern Haws of Jacksonville, Tx.; and her loyal companion, Hillie, a 7-yr. old Airedale Terrier. Memorials be be sent to the First Baptist Church of Palacios.

ELIZABETH WEAKLEY
Funeral services for Elizabeth Weakley, 89, of Palacios, were scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery. Mrs. Weakley was born July 31, 1912 in Katy, Tx. to the late William Sills and Rebecca Thomas Sills. She died Dec. 1, 2001. She was a resident of Palacios for the past 50 years and was a member of the First Baptist church of Palacios and a 25-year member of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by her daughter, Emily Edmunds of San Antonio; sons Walter Ewell Weakley of Fort worth, William Harvey Weakley of Edna, and Thomas Earl Weakley of San Antonio; sisters Ruth Goynes of Trinity and Emogene Southward of Houston; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ewell F. Weakley. Pallbearers are Terry Weakley, Jerry Weakley, Brian Weakley, Clinton Weakley, Don Holderrieth and Chris Vandenbergh.

JOHN W. REYNOLDS
Graveside services, with military honors, were held Friday, Nov. 30, 2001 at Seadrift Cemetery, for John W. Reynolds, 77, of Palacios. He died Tuesday, Nov. 27. A native of Port Lavaca, he was born Nov. 20, 1923 to the late John Williams and Veinnie Miller Tippit Reynolds. A retired oilfield worker and a member of Bay City Baptist Church, Mr. Reynolds was a life member of VFW Post No. 4403, which provided military honors for the services. Survivors include the wife, June Hawes Reynolds; two daughters, Adelle Farmer of Bay City and Penni Ponder of Cummings, Ga.; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to VFW Post No. 4403, Port Lavaca, Tx 77979.

EUGENE LAWRENCE DEADRICK
Funeral services for Eugene Lawrence Deadrick, 77, of Detroit, Mich., were held Monday, Nov. 19, 2001 at the Church of God Prophecy in Royal Oak, Mich. He died Nov. 16, 2001. Mr. Deadrick was born Sept. 28, 1924, in the Tidehaven community to the late Lawrence Desoto and Myrtle Shannon Deadrick. Raised in Palacios, he attended public schools through the ninth grade. Drafted into the U.S. Army on April 7, 1943, he served his country as a member of the Army Air Corps in India, Guam, Saipan and other areas of the Pacific theater as a radar specialist with anti-aircraft battalions during World War II. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he moved to Corpus Christi, where he graduated from Del Mar Junior College. An electronics and radar engineer, he worked for the U.S. government for 40-plus years and was an active member of the Professional Airways Systems Specialists, Local 306. At a young age, Eugene became a member of the Church of God of Prophecy and served the church in many capacities throughout his entire life. In the Corpus Christi church, he served as deacon, ABM/SOPA leader and Sunday School superintendent. When he relocated with his family to Detroit, Mich., he served as a Sunday School teacher and continued his Christian service in many areas, until his health began to fail him. An avid fisherman, he also enjoyed playing pinochle, cribbage, bridge, completing crossword puzzles (with ink pens) and reading calculus books for entertainment. A voracious reader, he was always seen with at least three novels, which he read simultaneously. Eugene was married to the late Bernice Lee Miller in 1948. Survivors include their children, Vera Brown of Victoria; Anthony L. Deadrick of Kansas City, Mo.; Denyce E. Deadrick Ware of Hartford, Conn.; Staff Sgt. E. L. Deadrick II, of Jacksonville, N.C.; and Rhonda M. Deadrick of Tempe, Ariz. Other survivors include two brothers, Larry M. and Clyde C. Deadrick of Palacios; a sister, Winnie M. Deadrick Grigsby of Missouri City, Tex.; five grandchildren, Terry Deadrick, Trenyce Deadrick, DeWayne Deadrick, Todrae Ware and Novelyn Deadrick; five great-grandchildren; uncles: Troy Shannon and James Deadrick; aunts: Calanthe "Toots" Deadrick, Virginia Lawrence, Johnnie Nelson, Dora Lewis, Martha Deadrick Matthews, Claudia Deadrick White; and Kathy McCormick and her daughter, Angela, who were very important friends and who later became instrumental in his care as his health began to diminish. He also leaves many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends who will mourn his passing. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, L.D. Deadrick, Jr. Pallbearers were Courtney L. Grigsby, Willie Richardson, Charles Dobson, Brandon K. Farris, Jeffrey C. Miller and C. DeWayne Deadrick.

MILDRED ALLENE ATKINS BRUNE
Graveside services for Mildred Allene Atkins Brune, 87, of Palacios, were held Nov. 24, 2001 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Mrs. Brune was born Dec. 1, 1913 in Ganado, Tx. to the late Henry and Willie May Simpson Quinn. She died Nov. 22, 2001 at the Livingston Medical Center in Livingston, Tx. Mrs. Brune was a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios and a resident of Palacios since 1924. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James and Mary Ann Atkins of Coldspring, Tx.; three grandchildren, Pam Utley and husband Carroll of Houston, James Robert Atkins and wife, Candy, of Dallas; and Robby Atkins and wife, Danell, of Livingston; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, J. E. Atkins and Edmond Brune; sisters Lottie Belle Hunt and Frances Peterson; and brothers Horace Quinn and Tommy Lee Quinn.

PEARL SISCO
Funeral services for Pearl Sisco, 97, of Weatherford, Tx. were held Friday, Nov. 16, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kent Wheeler officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Sisco was born Sept. 19, 1904 in Alvord, Wise County, Tx. to the late Mack and Nancy Williams Morrison. She died Nov. 13, 2001 in Fort Worth. She was a former resident of Palacios and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She is survived by three grandchdilren‹Glenna Jo Wheeler of Colchester, CT., Debbie Hargett of Red Oak, Tx. and Glen Wofford of New Orleans, La; eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Sisco, and a daughter, Jonell Bolander.

FRANK VILLARREAL
Funeral services for Frank Villarreal, 55, of Palacios, were held Nov. 12, 2001 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. He was born Nov. 2, 1946, in Palacios, to the late David and Betrice Lopez Villarreal. He died Nov. 9, 2001. Mr. Villerreal was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam where he received the Purple Heart. He was also laborer. He is survived by a daughter, Angelia Villarreal of Wharton; sisters, Shirley Reynolds of La. and Josephine Rosas of Palacios; and brothers, Gilbert Alamia of Texas City, Steve Alamia of Moss Point, Miss. and Pete Villarreal of Alabama. He was preceded in death by his parents.

KOBY ALLEN KACER
Rosary services for Koby Allen Kacer, 1 month, of Ganado were held Oct. 23, 2001 at Ganado Funeral Chapel in Ganado. Interment was at St. Peters Catholic Cemetary in Blessing with Rev. Samuel Appiasi officiating. Koby was born Oct. 13, 2001 in Port Lavaca, Tx. to Patrick Kacer and Janel Vasquez Kacer of Ganado. He died Oct. 21, 2001. He is survived by his parents, Patrick and Janel Kacer of Ganado; his grandparents, Janet Harvey of El Campo, A.J. Kacer of Collegeport, Lupe and Robert Vasquez of Ganado; his great-grandparents, Annie Vyvial of Ganado, Benito and Frances Rosales of Ganado and Mary Vasquez of Ganado; and his sister Megan Kacer of Ganado. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Roman Vyvial, Frank and Rosie Kacer and Vincent Vasquez. Pallbearers were David Kacer, Tony Kacer, Robbie Vasquez and Michael Anthony Mangel. Honorary pallbearers were Wesley Wallace, Steve Garcia and Mike Mangel.

MINNIE OLA 'TOOTSIE' GAYLE
Funeral services for Minnie Ola 'Tootsie' Gayle, 88, of Markham, will be held at 10 a. m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral home in Palacios with Revs. Andy and Janel Blair officiating. A private burial will follow. Mrs. Gayle was born Oct. 12, 1913 near Madisonville, TX. to the late Dane Lawson and Minnie Myrtle Marlin Bullington. She died at her residence Oct. 24, 2001. She was a resident of Markham since 1965, a member and supporter of the Collegeport Presbyterian Church, and loving wife of Frank A. Gayle who preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 2001. Through Tootsie's generosity many young people received a college education or vocational training. She was especially concerned for the elderly and less fortunate. Through her loving generosity she helped many without their ever knowing. Tootsie will surely be missed by all who knew and loved her. Survivors include many nieces and nephews and special friends Charles Parr of Markham and John C. Sardelich of Palacios.

OLIVIA ALFREDA WALTERS
Graveside services for Olivia Walters, 100, of Palacios, were held Oct. 19, 2001 at Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Ben Sheeran of Hochheim Baptist Church officiating. Mrs. Walters was one in a set of triplets born Sept. 13, 1901 in Frankfort, Ind. to Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Elder. The other two children were Victoria Alberta who died in 1998 and Paul Adolf who drowned in front of the family home in Palacios at the age of 12. The family moved to Palacios in 1905 when Mr. Elder established the first bank in town. The family consisted of nine children‹William, Marianna, Huldah, Ted, Jane, Victoria, Olivia, Paul and Estelle. After Olivia married Fred Walters, administrator of Sante Fe Railroad's hospital in Topeka, Kansas, she made a name for herself as a leading hostess and volunteer worker. The couple retired to Palacios in 1978 to be in the company of Olivia's family. The Walters were active in local church and civic activities. Fred died in 1984. Mrs. Walters is survived by two sisters, Huldah Rees and Estelle Alley; and a niece and nephew. Funeral arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.

RICHARD W. FRICK
Funeral services for Richard W. Frick, 81, of Tres Palacios Oaks, were held Oct. 11, 2001 at First United Methodist Church in Palacios with Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Interment was at Forest Park East in League City, Tx. with Rev. Tom Pacc. Mr. Frick was born Sept. 13, 1920 in Kansas City, Mo. to the late William McKinley and Hazel Cole Frick. He died Oct. 8, 2001 at his residence. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Palacios and a resident of Tres Palacios Oaks since 1959. He was the former Postmaster in Sealy for 15 years. Mr. Frick was a very active member, and past president, of the Palacios Lions Club, Rotary Club in Sealy and the Methodist Mens Club. He was a former partner in the Hudson Oil Co. of Texas. He was instrumental in forming the Little League organization in Houston and was active in the Boy Scouts of America. He is survived by his wife, LaNell DeWees Frick of Tres Palacios Oaks; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Kay and Bruce Kenner of Katy, and RaMona and Erik Heen of Sugarland; three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Linda Frick of Friendswood, George R. 'Bob' and Carolyn Frick of Orlando, Fla., and Lantz M. and Chandra Norris of Denver, Col; a sister, Norma J. Myer of Albuquerque, NM; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances C. Frick. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were members of the Palacios Lions Club and the Methodist Mens Club. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.

LOUIS J. HICKL, SR.
A rosary for Louis J. Hickl, Sr., 80, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating, Interment will be at at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Blessing. Rosary was held 7 p.m., Tuesday, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He died Monday, Oct. 8. Mr. Hickl was born July 17, 1913 in Sealy to the late John and Julie Hickl. He died Oct. 8, 2001. A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in the Southwest Pacific Theatre and at Guadacanal from 1941 to 1945, receiving two Bronze Stars. Following his discharge from the Army, he married Edith Vacek. His work career consisted of radio repair work with Bill Holub from 1945 to 1950; operator for America Petrafina from 1950 to 1957; and a carpenter with Eugene Harvey from 1957 to 1976. He was also a rancher and farmer. He was a member of the VFW, KJT, American Legion and Knights of Columbus. For 16 years, he was a director for Matagorda County Drainage District III. From 1954 to present, he devoutly participated as a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Parish. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Edith; sons, Louis Jr. and wife Sandra, Dennis and wife Donna; Father Bob Hickl, OMI; Pat and wife Cheryl, and Gary and wife Polly; daughters, Carolyn Kubecka and husband Ronnie, and Mary Ann Shimek and husband Troy; brothers; August, Jessie, Joe and Lawrence Hickl; sister: Louise Saha; 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth; brothers, Willie, John and Edward Hickl; and a sister, Annie Holub. Pallbearers are Ed Hickl, Jr., John Hickl, Jr., E.R. Vacek, J.D. Tomasak, Gilbert Saha and Leo Orsak. Memorials may be made to Hospice of El Campo, 1102 N. Mechanic, El Campo, Tx. 77437; or to Oblate Missions, P.O. Box 96, San Antonio, Tx. 78291. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home.

PETE B. TORRES, JR.
Funeral services for Pete B. Torres Jr., 49, of Palacios, were held Oct. 6, 2001 at The Living Word Church with Rev. Tony Flores officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Flores was born Sept. 9, 1952 in Bay City to Lupe Perez Torees of Bay City and the late Pete B. Torres, Sr. He died Oct. 3, 2001. He was a maintenance technician at Formosa. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Ramos Torres; stepdaughters, Rachel Maldonado, Lisa Martinez and Christina Z. Diaz, all of Palacios; stepson, Richard Ramos of Palacios; mother; sisters, Helen Torres and Joyce Hernandez, both of Bay City, Anna Lopez of Phoenix, Ariz., Sylvia Hirani of Alburquerque, N.M.; brothers, Robert Torres and Rudy Torres, both of Derry, N.H., and Julian Torres, Richard Torres, Frederick "Freddy" Torres and Steven Torres, all of Ann Arbor, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: father; and sister, Diana Mejias. Pallbearers were Jesus Hernandez Jr., Ray Ramos, Jesse R. Constancio, Gabino Maldonado, Ernesto Martinez, Leonel Reynaga, Agustin Jasso and Jesse Leos.

LINDA JEAN HUNT TRAYLOR
Funeral services for Linda Jean Hunt Traylor, 56, of Palacios were held Sept. 27, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios, followed by interment at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery in Port Lavaca. She died Sept. 24, 2001. A native of El Campo, she was born Feb. 13, 1945 to Harold and Mary Jane Payne Hunt. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Pilot Club and the Art Club. Survivors in addition to her parents, Harold and Norma Hunt, include her daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Glenn Vacek, son and daughter-in-law, Reid and Sandy Whitley; sisters, Judy Rohde and Kelli Huitt; brother, Tommy Hunt; and grandchildren, Whitley and Levi Jacek, and Tate, Jayde and Amesti Whitley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Traylor; and her mother, Mary Jane Payne Hunt. Memorials may be made to the Hospice Support, Inc., P. O. Box 1417, El Campo, Tex. 77437. Arrangements were with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

RAMONA Q. DeLEON
Funeral services for Ramona Q. DeLeon, 72, of LaPorte were held Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001 at the Paul U. Lee-LaPorte Funeral Home, with Father Eric Pitre officiating. She died Oct. 1, 2001 in Houston. Born Aug. 17, 1929 in Lyford, Texas, to the late Remijio and Maria (Quintero) Quilantan, Mrs. DeLeon was affiliated with the Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Antonio E. DeLeon; children Zenaida Gatica and husband, Mike C. Gatica of Palacios, Emma D. Chavez and husband, Gabriel H. Chavez of LaPorte, Antonio DeLeon III of Deer Park, Herlinda D. Diaz and husband, Randy Diaz of LaPorte, Alberto DeLeon and wife, Doris, of Houston; brothers and sister, Ted, Tony and Mel Quilantan of Lyford, and Petra Rubio of Raymondville; 19 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

RED OCHOA RENDON, SR.
Funeral services for Fred Ochoa Rendon Sr., 80, of Palacios, were held Sept. 28, 2001 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Burial was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Rendon was born Feb. 1, 1921, in Port Lavaca, to the late Alberto F. Sr. and Porfiria Ocha Rendon. He died Sept. 26, 2001. He was a retired shrimper and a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Disable American Veterans in Palacios. He is survived by wife, Anita "Annie" Solis Rendon; daughter, Ophelia Lara of Blessing; son, Eddie T. Rendon of Inez; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sons, Fred O. Rendon Jr. and Benny Rendon; and his parents.

KEVIN CLAXTON
Funeral services for Kevin Claxton, 19, of Blessing, were held Sept. 26 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Louis Rush and Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Kevin was born Sept. 10, 1982 to Donny Claxton and Ann Jurney Busby. He died Sept. 23, 2001 at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Blessing and a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios. He is survived by his father, Donny Claxton, of Blessing; mother and stepfather, Ann and Ron Busby of Blessing; a brother, James Claxton of Blessing; paternal grandparents Lowell and Mary Sue Claxton of Blessing; maternal grandparents Harvey and JoAnn Jurney of Utopia, Tx.; stepsister Leigh Lee of Palacios; and stepbrother Austin Busby of Blessing. Pallbearers were Mike Claxton, John David Jurney, Rusty Claxton, Toby Claxton, Scott Jones, Jimmie Rodriguez, Cody Jones and Austin Busby.

DEAN F. MERCK
Funeral services for Dean F. Merck, 68, of League City, Tex., were held Sept. 25, 2001 in the Friendswood "Friends" Church. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery in Matagorda County. He died Sept. 22, 2001. Raised in Collegeport, Mr. Merck was a graduate of the University of Houston and worked for the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation as a civil engineer. Survivors include the wife, Nelda Merck of League City; mother, Dorothy Merck of Bay City; sons and their wives, Mark and Cathy Merck of Collegeport, Russ and Hayes Merck of Cromwell, C.T.; and Galen Merck of Clear Lake; and grandchildren, Danyelle and Matthew Merck. Jack Rowe Funeral Home, League City, was in charge of arrangements.

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.


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