Funeral services for Benny DeLeon, 67, of Palacios, were held Aug.
4 at the First Baptist Church of Palacios with Rev. Tony Flores officiating.
Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. DeLeon was born March 21, 1934
in Pleasanton, Tx. to Daniel DeLeon and Dolores Lopez DeLeon. He died Aug.
2, 2001. He was a long time resident of Palacios, a member of the Catholic
Church, a retired police officer with the Palacios Police Dept., and a
veteran of the U. S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Dora Longoria DeLeon
of Palacios; daughters Patricia Sanchez of Brazoria, Diana Pena of West
Columbia, Mary Ellen Roecker of Lake Jackson, Lisa Halfen of Dubia, U.A.E.,
Lori Cruz of Bay City, and Karen DeLeon-Bailes of Angleton; sons Benny
Joe DeLeon, David DeLeon and Robert DeLeon, all of Palacios; sisters Mary
Smith of Bay City, Pauline Garcia of Katy, Mary Cascrez of Pleasanton,
Sophia DeLeon of California, and Minga Garcia of Galveston; brother Daniel
DeLeon of Houston; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded
in death by his parents, Daniel and Dolores DeLeon, and a brother, Joe
BILLIE GERALD DOBY
Funeral services for Billie Gerald Doby, 76, of Tres Palacios Oaks
in Palacios, were held July 19, 2001 at the Houston National Cemetery Chapel.
Interment was in Houston National Cemetery. Mr. Doby was born October 10,
1924 in Waynesboro, Mississippi. He died July 15, 2001. He is survived
by his wife of 52 years, Miriam "Mim" Long Doby; daughters, Diane Doby
and Jayne Doby Steward; son, Gary W. and wife Kathy Doby; four grandchildren,
Samantha Olivares and husband Serik, Spencer Steward, Lauren and Cameron
Doby; 4 great grandchildren, Serik Anthony, Savannah, Sophia, and Sonny
Olivares; nephew, Gregory J. Doby and wife Kim; great nieces, Elizabeth
Gonzales and Sara McCarthy.
EVELYN MAY ARNOLD
Graveside services for Evelyn May Arnold, 83, of El Campo, will be
held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2001 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev.
Charlie Parker of the First Methodist Church of Palacios officiating. Visitation
is at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13 at Triska Funeral Home in El Campo. Mrs.
Arnold was born Dec. 18, 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Frederick
Lamphier and Etta Nielsson Duchemin Lamphier. She died July 11, 2001. She
is survived by her husband, Horace Arnold of El Campo; daughters Mary Ann
Sexton of Palacios, Betty Mosier of Elkhart, Tx. and Sue Peal of Corpus
Christi, Tx.; a brother, Frederick Bruce Lamphier of Dallas; nine grandchildren;
and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were with Triska Funeral
Home in El Campo, (979) 543-3681.
CLAIR WILLIAM LYNN
Funeral services for Clair William Lynn, 81, of Palacios, were held
July 5, 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios with the Revs.
Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.
Mr. Lynn was born Nov. 21, 1919 in Mason City, Ill. to the late Addison
Clair and Gladys Riggins Lynn. He died July 2, 2001. He was a longtime
farmer, veteran of World War II, a member of the Elks, American Legion,
Palacios Lions Club, and NRA. He was an elder in the First Presbyterian
Church. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Lynn of Palacios; daughters
and sons-in-law Anne and Larry Krup of Peoria, Ill., Elizabeth Lynn and
Edward Brown of Houston, Laura Jeanne Van Riper of Peoria, Ill., and Peggy
Pitman of Palacios; a son, Clair William and his wife, Karen of Jasper,
Ill; sisters Mary Lou Fehrenbacher, Anna Mae Held, and Linda Louis McDaniel;
brothers Walter I. Lynn, Robert R. Lynn, Richard S. Lynn, Kenneth Lynn,
and James E. Lynn; and grandchildren Christopher W. Lynn, Jonathan D. Lynn
and Jennifer Elizabeth Lynn. He was preceded in death by two wives, Martha
and Kay; his parents; and brothers Jack Cates Lynn and Logan Lynn. Pallbearers
were Jim Hampton, Harlin Fowler, Earl Scheley, John Toellner, Bob Christianson,
Jack Waechter, Rudolph Mosier and Royce Harvey. The family requests that
memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church Landscaping Fund or
the Legacy Foundation. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral.
ROBERT M. 'BOB' BELLAH
Funeral services for Robert M. 'Bob' Bellah, 54, of Palacios, will
be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel
with Rev. Janell Blair officating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery
in Blessing. Mr. Bellah was born Aug. 23, 1946 in Lexa, Ark. to Guy Maxwell
Bellah and Evelyn Cherry Bellah. He died June 27, 2001 in Wharton, Tx.
He was a resident of Tres Palacios Oaks for the past 16 years and a veteran
of the U. S. Navy. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Houston and
a member of Pipefitters Local #211. He is survived by his wife, Virginia
Rocha Bellah of Palacios; a son, Robert Marshall Bellah, Jr. of Houston;
step-children Rebecca, Christie, Roberta, Ricky and Alvin Torres, and Martin
Rocha, all of Palacios; a sister, Ann Dorsey of Oklahoma; brothers Guy
Bellah, Jr. of Missouri, Tony Long and Ray Long, both of Illinois; and
by two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and
Evelyn Bellah, and a brother, J. W. Long.
WALTER ELLIOTT KILGORE
Graveside funeral services for Walter Elliott Kilgore, 74, of Palacios,
were held June 26, 2001 at the Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Hollas Hoffman
officiating. Mr. Kilgore was born Sept. 30, 1926 in Palacios to the late
Walter B. and Leona Wright Kilgore. He died June 22, 2001 at St. Luke's
Hospital in Houston. Walter had a long life with a variety of experiences
that included farming, ranching, owning and operation Kilgore Brothers
Truck Line, law enforcement career with the Palacios Police Dept., Matagorda
County Sheriff's Dept. and Ingleside Police Dept. where he was the Assistant
Chief. He was also a longtime past member of the Palacios VFD. He and his
wife, Nettie, of 52 years who preceded him in death on May 8, 2000, were
both born and raised in Palacios. They will both be missed and their family
and friends know they are now together again. He is survived by a son,
Keith Kilgore of Palacios, daughters and sons-in-law Karla and Jerry Carr
of Crockett, and Cindy and Mark Petersen of Leander, Tx.; sisters and brother-in-law
Vera Lou and Jim Sprayberry of Marshall, Tx. and Lottie Anderson of Port
Lavaca, Tx.; brother and sister-in-law H. L. "Lewis" and Ruth Kilgore of
Woodsboro, Tx.; and six grandchildren.
MARY RUTH ABRAHAMSON
Funeral services for Mary Ruth Abrahamson, 70, of Mission, Tx. were
held June 23, 2001 at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios with
Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. Mrs.
Abrahamson was born May 21, 1931 in Telephone, Tx. to the late Clyde and
Eva Owens Edwards. She died June 20, 2001 in Mission, Tx. A former resident
of the Palacios area, she was a past state officer of the Texas Extension
Homemaker Association. She is survived by her husband, Virgil Bosma of
Mission, Tx.; daughters Deborah Mouser and Denise Clark, both of Albertlea,
Minn.; sons Larry Abrahamson of Austin, Rick Abrahamson of Yoakum, Tx.,
Davis Bosma and Doug Bosma, both of Emmons, Minn.; sisters Sarah Baber
of Houston, Juanita Shoemaker of Port Lavaca, Betty Jo Arliss of Houston,
and June Westerholm of Port Lavaca; brothers H. G. Edwards of Paris, Tx.,
Clyde Edwards of Weatherford, Tx., Charles Edwards of Honey Grove, Ts.,
and Max Edwards of Cleveland, TN.; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Lawrence E. Abrahamson.
Pallbearers were Harry Frankson, Billy Stuhrenberg, Mark Greenawalt, Bryant
Peterson, Stanley Dierlam, Brother Frankson, and Bill Miller.
Funeral services for Maximo Gatica, 95, of Palacios were held June
29, 2001 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh
officating. Interment was be at Palacios Cemetery. Mr. Gatica was born
Nov. 22, 1905, in Matagorda, to the late Antonio and Simona Camacho Gatica.
He died June 27, 2001. He was a retired shrimper and a member of St. Anthony's
Catholic Church. He is survived by sisters, Dominga Solis and Paula Rivas,
both of Palacios; and brothers, Leon Gatica and Herman Gatica Sr., both
of Palacios. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Bessie Diaz
and Sabina Gatica; and brothers, Monico Gatica, Lino Gatica and Frank Gatica.
WANDA MARIE RICKAWAY
Funeral services for Wanda Marie Rickaway, 75, of San Antonio, were
held June 20, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ronald
Lynn officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery. Mrs. Rickaway was born
Feb. 6, 1926 in Blessing, Tx. to the late John Charles and Beulah Belle
Maynard White. She died June 16, 2001 at the Hearthstone in San Antonio.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Braunsfels, a resident
of San Antonio for the past three years, and of New Braunsfels for four
years. She was a former longtime resident of Blessing where she retired
as a postal clerk with the U. S. Postal Service. She is survived by a son
and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Sandra Rickaway of San Antonio; grandsons
Ronald Rickaway, Jr. and companion Eva Walderman of San Antonio, and Gregory
Rickaway of Bay City; a sister, Tracy Lockey of LaMarque, Tx.; and a brother,
Arthur White of LaWard, Tx. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.
L. Rickaway, and a daughter, Jeanette Schultz. Pallbearers were Sterling
Barrett Jr., Carl Wayne Barrett, Ronald Rickaway Jr., Gregory Rickaway,
Fred Rickaway, and Donald White.
PAUL EDWARD FIELDS
Funeral services for Paul Edward Fields, 54, of Mason, Tex., were held
June 27, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Palacios. The Revs. Hollas
Hoffman and Charlie Parker officiated. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.
He died Saturday, June 23 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. A native
of Port Arthur, he was born Oct. 27, 1946 to Edna Fields of Palacios and
the late Paul Fields. A graduate of Sam Houston State College, with a degree
in criminal justice, he served as Sheriff of Kerr County for seven years.
For the past five years, he was employed as a teacher and coach with the
Hays Consolidated ISD in Kyle. He had been a resident of Mason for the
past 10 years and formerly resided in Harper, Ingram, Kerrville and Hunt.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mason. Survivors
in addition to his mother include a daughter, Paula Fields of Comfort;
a son, Russell Fields of Ennis; and two brothers, Bryan Lee Fields of Tres-Palacios
and Ron Fields of Palacios.
TOMMIE JOE (T. J.) CHANIK
Memorial services for Tommie Joe (T. J.) Chanik, 55, of Palacios were
pending, as of Monday. He died Monday, June 25, 2001 at Palacios Health
Care. A native of Palacios, he was born Oct. 18, 1945 to the late Adolph
Tom and Annie Lee Knapp Chanik. A veteran of U.S. Army service, T. J. lived
most of his life in Matagorda County. He was a volunteer for the Palacios
Food Pantry and the Senior Citizen Center. Survivors include a daughter,
Glenda Claudette Brown of Wyoming; two sons, Edward Ottis Chanik of Odessa
and Lyndell Joe Chanik of Port Lavaca; one brother, Forrest Chanik of Markham;
five sisters, Mittie Glass of Houston, Joyce Cowgar of Markham, Olita Nance
of Smithville, Martha Chanik of Palacios and Kay Dry of Georgetown; two
grandchildren, Laurie Elizabeth Bass of Odessa and Larry Joe Hunt of Houston;
and one great-grandson, Zade Draven. He was preceded in death by sisters,
Ruth Rose Chanik, Geneva Chanik Smith and Lillie Ann Chanik McElroy. In
lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society.
AMIE SUZANNE HARRISON
Funeral rites for Amie Suzanne Harrison, 31, of Houston were held Monday,
June, 25, 2001 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rockport, followed by
interment at Lamar Cemetery in Lamar, Tex. She died Thursday, June 21.
She was born March 19, 1970 in New Orleans, La., to Tom and Gail Hamlin
of Rockport. A resident of Houston for the past nine years, she taught
dancing, gymnastics and music. She also sang with several local bands in
Houston. Survivors in addition to her parents include a sister, Emilie
Grace Hamlin of LaPorte; maternal grandmother, Bernice Glowka of Rockport;
paternal grandmother, Edna Hamlin of Palacios; and a special nephew, Zachery
Schnieder of LaPorte.
SYLVIA ANN MORALES GOMEZ
A rosary for Sylvia Ann Morales Gomez, 47, of Bay City, will be recited
at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral
services will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 15, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church
in Palacios with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Burial will be at
Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Gomez was born March 12, 1954, in Palacios, to
Beatrice Hernandez Morales of Rosenburg and the late Hilbert Morales. She
died June 11, 2001. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic
Church. She is survived by her husband, Francisco R. Gomez; daughters,
Blanca Estelle Gomez of Plano, Susan Yvonne Gomez of Bay City and Stephanie
Ann Gomez of San Angelo; son, Francisco R. Gomez Jr. of Brenham; mother;
sisters, Linda Mendoza of Missouri City and Alice Morales of Fort Worth;
brothers, Richard Morales of Houston and Vincent Morales of Rosenburg;
and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: father. Arrangements
are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.
BARBARA ANN CHRISTIAN ANDERSON
Funeral services for Barbara Ann Christian, 37, of Palacios will be
held Saturday, June 16, 2001 at Riverside Baptist Church in Rosedale, Mississippi
(MS), followed by interment at Wright Crossing, MS. She died Friday, June
8, 2001 at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville, MS. Survivors include
her fiancé, Lloyd Toby Anderson, Sr.; a daughter, Tyronica KeShondra
Christian; a son, Lloyd Toby Anderson, Jr.; her mother, Mary R. Christian;
five sisters, Mary A. Christian of Cleveland, MS., Shirley J. Broome and
Sherrix M. Christian, both of Rosedale, MS, Stine Anderson of Pace, MS;
and Angie L. Christian of Symond, MS.; three brothers, Arthur Christian
of Rosedale, MS, Roger L. Christian of King, N.C.; and Melvin Christian
of Parchman, MS; four nephews, two nieces, a host of aunts and uncles and
a godson, Roy G. Burks, Jr. of Stafford, TX.
ROBERT E. BYERS
Funeral services for Robert E. "Bob" Byers, 92, of Palacios were held
1 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2001 at the Church of God Prophecy in Port Lavaca,
with the Rev. H. N. Hartsfield officiating, assisted by pastors Willie
Espinoza, Raymond Salinas, Lloyd Rodriguez and Rafael Rios. Graveside services
followed at the Palacios Cemetery. He died Tuesday, June 5, 2001. He was
born June 18, 1908 in Prairie Hill, Tex., to the late Samuel R. and Minerva
Lowery Byers. A retired commercial shrimper at Port O'Connor and a former
Calhoun County deputy sheriff, he spent his later years in Weesatche and
Palacios. Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Velma Leadford Byers;
one daughter, Robin Leadford Posgay and husband Ray of Friendswood; and
one grandson, Jody Harvey and his wife Gabriela of Port O'Connor. He was
preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters. Pallbearers were Ray Posgay,
Jody Harvey, Daryl Everett, Lloyd Rodriguez, Raymond Salinas and Eric Young.
MAJOR JEROME B. KIMBALL, JR.
Graveside services for Major Jerome Brooks Kimball, Jr., (ret.), 66,
of Palacios will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2001, in the Wharton
City Cemetery, with lay pastor Colleen Claybourn officiating. He died Tuesday,
May 29, 2001. A native of Houston, he was born April 4, 1935 to the late
Jerome Brooks, Sr. and Nell Armstrong Kimball. He moved to Palacios as
a young child and was a graduate of Palacios High School. He served in
the U.S. Army Infantry during the Berlin Crisis and the Vietnam Conflict,
retiring as a Major in the U. S. Army in 1976 in Giessen, Germany. Following
retirement he was employed as an ROTC instructor for the Houston ISD until
the late 1980s. After moving back to Palacios in 1989, he became a driver's
education instructor for the Palacios ISD and a defensive driving instructor
in Matagorda County. He was a Baptist and a member of the Palacios VFW.
Survivors include the wife, Bonnie Danielsen Kimball (to whom he was married
on June 7, 1957 in Ojai, Calif.); and a son, Jerry Kimball, both of Palacios.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Stacy Lynn Odem; a sister, Nell
Elizabeth Kimball; and a brother, Raines Crosby "Tiny" Kimball. Memorials
may be made to the Palacios Area Historical Association, P. O. Box 11,
Palacios, Tx 77465; or the Palacios Area Fund, 458 Commerce, Palacios,
Funeral services for Juan Ollervidez, 54, of Palacios, were held May
30, 2001 at Casa de Dios Church. Interment was in Palacios Cemetery. Mr.
Ollervidez was born May 9, 1947 in Mexico to Jesus and Nicholas Parado
Ollervidez. He died May 27, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Bessie Solis
Ollervidez of Palacios; four daughters, Regina Flores of Victoria, Nichole
Salaierna, Leticia Figueroa and Kristi Figueroa all of Palacios; eight
sisters, Dora Wojaowski of Wisconsin, Domitila Riveria of Mexico, Socorro
Ollervidez, Lorene Gonzales, Susana Ibarra and Dora Garcia all of McAllen,
Martha Perez and Blanca Lara both of Mexico; two brothers, Gerardo Ollervidez
and Juan Manuel both of McAllen; and eight grandchildren.
LOLITA MYERS WALKER
Graveside services for Lolita Myers Walker, 89, of Palacios, were held
May 28, 2000 at the Palacios Cemetery. Mrs. Walker was born in Lolita,
Texas to the late William and Una Farquhar Myers. She died Friday, May
25, 2001. She was secretary to the Superintendent of Boling High School
in Boling, Tx. and to the General Manager of Texas Gulf Sulphur Co. in
Newgulf, Tx. before moving to Palacios. A member of the Newgulf Baptist
Church, she and her late husband, Covey Walker, built and ran Covey's Corner
for many years and later added Covey's Gift Shop. Mrs. Walker is survived
by her daughter, Nell Lanfear of Port Lavaca; grandson, Larry Lanfear;
granddaughter, Lani Montgomery and 3 great grandchildren. Memorials may
be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Research, P.O. Box 2028, Victoria, Texas
77902 or donor's choice. Arrangements by Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.
HURE LEE RIVERS
Funeral services for Hure Lee Rivers, 82, of Palacios were held June
2, 2001 at the Free Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Blessing with the
Rev. Ben Hadden officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. He died
May 27, 2001. He was born in Matagorda County on Feb. 8, 1919 to the late
Emmitt and Lola Franklin Rivers. Survivors include three daughters, Lonnie
Jeanette, Teresa Elaine and Lillian Marie; one son, Samuel Louis; two sisters,
Helen and Vivian; three brothers, Elijah, Charlie and David; 18 grandchildren;
and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Sylvia,
Ann, Celestine and Elverine.
ANITA ALVAREZ GARCIA
Funeral rites for Anita Alvarez Garcia, 82, of Palacios, were held
June 2, 2001 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh
officiating. Interment was at in the Palacios Cemetery. She died May 29,
2001. A native of Olivia, she was born March 5, 1919 to the late Marcelino
and Ventura Morales-Alvarez. She was a homemaker and a Catholic. Survivors
include two daughters, Mary Ann Garcia and Rebecca Torres, both of Palacios;
eight sons, Alfred Garcia, Albert Garcia, Tony Garcia, Nick Garcia III,
Robert David Garcia, Lawrence Garcia, all of Palacios, Lee Garcia of Freeport
and John Garcia of Sacramento, Calif.; 39 grandchildren; and 64 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nick Garcia, Jr.; a daughter,
Vivian Carrillo; and a son, Robert Garcia.
LOLITA MYERS WALKER
Graveside services Lolita Myers Walker, 89, of Palacios were held May
28, 2001 at Palacios Cemetery. She died Friday, May 25, 2001. She was born
March 11, 1912 in Lolita, Tex., to the late William and Una Farquhar Myers.
She was co-owner and operator of Covey's Corner and Covey's Gift Shop and
had previously been secretary for Boling High School. She was a member
of Newgulf Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Nell Lanfear
of Port Lavaca; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Covey Walker; and two sisters, Lucille
Compton and Lonnie Dell Selby. Memorials may be made to: Alzheimer Disease
Research, P. O. Box 2028, Victoria, Tex. 77979, or to donor's choice.
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.