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A Funeral Mass for Tony Gonzales Buckley, 78, of Palacios, was held Aug. 9, 2000 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Father Charles Dwomoh officiating. Burial was in the Palacios Cemetery.

On Jan. 14, 1922 in San Antonio, Texas the Lord blessed our family with the birth of Tony Gonzales Buckley. Mr. Buckley was born on Jan. 14, 1922 in San Antonio to the late Fred and Sefernia Gonzales Buckley. He died Aug. 4, 2000.

He is survived by his loving companion and wife, Pauline Ruiz Buckley. Together they nurtured nine children, 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by: sons and daughters-in-law—Joe and Pete of Palacios; Fred and his wife, Dana, and their four children also of Palacios; and Tony Patrick and his wife, Robin, of Nevada and five beautiful children; his daughters and sons-in-law—Delia and Jimmy Rodriquez and their two children of Houston; Romona and Robert Sisco and her three children and two grandchildren of Kentucky; Linda and Robert Killion of California; Betty and Robert Salter and her three children of Indiana; and Rosemary and Jack L. Pierce II with their three children of Washington state; his sister and brother-in-law Amie and Lester Wright of Palacios; his brother Alex of Palacios; and several nieces and nephews.
Tony was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, a life member of good standing with Queen-Hamlin V.F.W. Post 2467, and a member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1919.
Employed by Alcoa Aluminum for 31 years, he retired on Jan. 1, 1983. He worked in a variety of positions, some of which included civil maintenance and re-firing plants calcination department. For the majority of his career with Alcoa he worked in the smelter utility and pots rooms

He was also a veteran of World War II having serving in the Army from 1942-46.He served as a rifleman and squad leader for twelve months in the 7th Armored Division in France, Belgium and Holland. As a member of the 1550 Service Support Unit, he was wounded in action in Holland on Oct. 4, 1944. For his service to his country Tony was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for being wounded in action, the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal with one bronze service star, the American Theater Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Pallbearers included: Fred, Tony, Pete, Joe and Cory Buckley, Fred Buckley,Jr., Christopher Pierce and Jack L.Pierce II.

VIVIAN COX ALLENFuneral services for Vivian Cox Allen, 90, of San Antonio, were held Aug. 3, 2000 at the Palacios Funeral Home, with the Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery. She died July 31 at the Methodist Specialty & Transplant Hospital in San Antonio.

A resident of San Antonio for 4 1/2 years, she had previously resided in Pasadena for 56 years and was a member of Westfall Baptist Church in Pasadena. She was born Sept. 5, 1909 in Richmond, Tex., to the late Robert Collier Cox and Elizabeth Schley Cox.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Roy Lee Hogg of San Antonio and Linda and Ron Matlock of Dallas; son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Jane Allen of Palacios; four grandchildren, Melody Allen of Dripping Springs, Raymond Allen of Hyannis, Mass., and Bruce Allen and Robert Hogg of San Antonio; and three great-grandchildren, Rickie Lee Keim of Dripping Springs, and Jennifer and Brianna Hogg of San Antonio.

Floyd Eugene (Gene) Henderson was born in Austin on May 4, 1944 to Floyd and Myrlene (Sue) Henderson. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1962. He reached the rank of Sergeant E-5, serving as an MP and an aircraft launch/recovery technician in Okinawa and Vietnam. Upon discharge, Mr. Henderson returned to Austin and worked as an expediter before becoming a member of the Austin Fire Department. He retired in May, 1944, with 24 years of service, and relocated to Palacios to enjoy his passion for fishing. He suffered a massive stroke in 1995 and passed on at home on July 30, 2000.

He leaves behind his wife Vickie; daughters Meredith Mae Henderson and son Jacob; Wendy Eddleman and Lucynda Reaves; son Chris Eddleman; step-fathers O.A. (Jake) McGuffin and Trinidad Estrada; brothers Tommy Rutledge, Wayne Henderson, Marvin Henderson and Mike McGuffin; sisters Alice Estrada and Josephine Barrett; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Henderson is a reborn Christian and joined in heaven his father and step-mother, Floyd and Dorothea Henderson; his mother Myrlene (Sue) Henderson, and his nephew Cricket Henderson. His memorial service was held at Sky-View Baptist Church in Austin on Friday, August 4, 2000.

Memorial services for Matthew Orange Burton, 89, of Lockhart are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, July 29, at the First Presbyterian Church in Lockhart, followed by graveside services at 3:30 p.m. at the Palacios Cemetery. He died July 26 in Lockhart.

Mr. Burton was born Dec. 14, 1910 in Blessing to the late Edward E. and Lalla M. Arnold Burton. A retired comptroller for the Bauer Dredging Company, he was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Lockhart, past master of the Palacios Masonic Lodge AF&AM, and a past member of the Port Lavaca Rotary Club.

Survivors include the widow, Betty Anderson Burton, to whom he was married on Aug. 14, 1935 in Palacios; one daughter, Virginia French of Lockhart; two sons, Dr. Edward Anderson Burton of Lockhart and Dr. Joseph Burton of Pendleton, S.C.; six grandchildren, Matthew Orange Burton II, Jackson Anderson Burton, Samuel Beau Burton, all of Lockhart, Edward Alley Burton of Tyler, Charles Burton French of College Station and Byron Petty French of San Antonio; four great-grandchildren, Edward Avery Burton and Spencer Cole Burton, both of Tyler, and Grayson Seth Burton and Liam Fox Burton, both of Lockhart; nephew and wife, Mike and Joann Stevenson of Lockhart; and niece, Diane Stevenson of Lockhart.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jane Roseland.

The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lockhart.

Rosalie Vick Auzston, 63, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000. At her request, there was a private memorial service for the children only.

A native of Portales, N.M., she was born to Alva Lee and Mary Evelyn Arthur Vick on Sept. 19, 1936.

Survivors include five children and their spouses, Debbie and Howard Christmas of Palacios, Robert and Sheila Standifer of Conroe, Marie and Randy Miller of Kansas City, Mo., and Becky and Jeff Fitch of Las Vegas, Nev.; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, it was her request that a donation be made to the American Heart Association. She was much loved by many people and the family thanks everyone who offered their sympathy and love.

Funeral mass for Frank Nunez Samora, 85, of Freeport and a former resident of Palacios, was held 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiated, followed by interment at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Samora died July 15 in Freeport. He was born June 15, 1915 in Floresville to the late Jose and Elija Nunez Samora.

A veteran and prisoner of war during World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 7, 1940 and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater in Australia and New Guinea, and the European-African-Middle European Theater with combat duty during the Rhineland and Ardennes campaigns. He was captured by German forces in Belgium in December 1944, remaining a prisoner of war until May 1945 when he was freed by Allied troops. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 14, 1945 as a Corporal.

Mr. Samora was a life member of the Arthur C. Larson VFW Post 4341 of Freeport and a former member of the Queen-Hamlin VFW Post 2467 of Palacios.

Survivors include his children, Lorraine Sanchez of Palacios; Connie Samora Longoria and husband, Andrew, of El Campo; Emma Samora Alviso and husband Santos, of Freeport; and Marcus Garcia and wife, Mary, of Victoria; one brother, Isabel Samora of Rockport; one sister, Janie Hernandez of Palacios; 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Mary Chavez Samora.

Pallbearers were Jimmie Valdez, Edward Rojas, Leo Sanchez III, Andrew Longoria III, Joe Montalvo and Daniel Samora.

Funeral services for Augustine G. Gonzales, 83, of Palacios were held Monday, July 17, 2000 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. He died July 14.

A native of Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico, he was born Aug. 28, 1916 to the late Antonio and Natalia Gomez Gonzales. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the Palacios VFW.

Survivors include the widow, Josephine Ottino Gonzales; three daughters, Stella Carrizal, Rosemary Gonzales and Lynda Garcia, all of Houston; a son, Augustine Gonzales, Jr. of Houston; one sister, Felipa Sanchez of Palacios; one brother, Tony Gonzales of Palacios; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, John Anthony Gonzales; two sisters, Marinia Garcia and Natalia Gonzales; and one brother, Ralph Gonzales.

Funeral services for Elestio Martinez, 77, of Bay City, were held July 15, 2000 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Adam Cancino officiating. Interment was as Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Martinez was born Oct. 27, 1922 in Beeville, Tx. to the late Santiago and Concepcion Flores Martinez. He died July 12, 2000 at Bay Villa Nursing Home in Bay City.

He was a member of the Catholic Church, a resident of Bay City for the past 3-1/2 years, and a former longtime resident of Blessing.

He is survived by seven daughters and sons-in-law: Melissa Ann and Mark Galvez, Addie and Henry Zarate, all of Blessing; Olivia and Joe Guerra, Janie M. and Steven Ramirez, Susie and Edward Constancio, Irma and Benny DeLeon, all of Palacios; and Aurora and Rueben Cancino of San Marcus, CA. He is also survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Mary Martinez of Markham and Elestio Martinez, Jr. of Kearney, Nebraska; sisters Angelica Padea of Woodsboro, Tx., Angie Martinez of Rockport, Tx., Eloiada Smith of Grand Prairie, Tx., Ester Martinez of Arizona, and Eva Castro of Lubbock, Tx.; brothers Elias Martinez of Grand Prairie, Tx., Enrique Martinez of California, and Eziquelle Martinez of Raymondville, Tx.; 21 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Aurora R. Martinez; a son, Thomas Martinez; a brother, Ernesto Martinez; and four sisters, Maria, Olivia, Emma and Lilly Martinez.
Pallbearers were Edward Constancio III, B. J. DeLeon, Justin Zarate, Steven Ramirez, Jerry Martinez, and Joe Guerra Jr.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Irene Tedder, 67, of Palacios are scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, June 2, 2000 at Dulaney Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake, followed by interment at Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. Visitation at Palacios Funeral Home was to be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 1.

Mrs. Tedder died May 30. A native of Eagle Lake, she was born Oct. 31, 1932 and had resided in Palacios since 1959. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 3821, Ladies Auxiliary; and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas R. Tedder and wife, Adeline, of Santa Fe, Tx., and Darrell D. Tedder and wife, Janet, of Palacios; and four grandchildren, Shanna L. Griego of Raeford, N.C., Amy L. Tedder of Santa Fe., Tex., and Brooke N. and Dustin T. Tedder of Palacios. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Catherine Hough; and one brother, Raymond Graves.

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna C. Hilborn, 78, of Benton, Ark., were held Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at the First Assembly of God Church of Benton, with the Rev. Larry Davis officiating. Interment was at New Rosemont Cemetery in Benton. She died May 28 at her home.

Mrs. Hilborn was retired from the Benton schools, after 23 years as a cafeteria worker. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church of Benton.

Survivors include two daughters, Gwen Sample of Palacios and Ginger Ford of Rio Vista, Calif.; two sisters, Rubie Hazelwood of Wilcox, Ariz., and Ruth Scott of Malvern, Ark.; four grandchildren, Zachary Sample of Palacios, Johnathon Sample and Becky Ferretiz, both of Benton, Ark., and Michelle Carson of North San Juan, Calif., and three great-grandchildren, Brandon and Ashley Carson of North San Juan, Calif., and Jacob Ferretiz of Benton, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Hilborn, and daughter, Pam Lee. 

Funeral services for Edgar Louis Frank Schneider, 84, of Bay City, were held May 30, 2000 at First Presbyterian Church in Bay City with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating. Interment was at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Mr. Schneider was born Feb. 17, 1915 in Louise, Tx. to the late Alfred Emil and Alma Josephine Meier Schneider. He died May 26, 2000.

Mr. Schneider was a rice farmer/rancher and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Bay City. A resident of Matagorda County since 1935, was a member of Matagorda Farmer’s Coop, a member of Executive Board of Rice Belt Dryers, Inc., and was recognized as “Outstanding Rice Farmer of the Year” in 1973.

He is survived by his wife, Della June Jurek Schneider; daughters Janice Copknicky and Linda Keller, both of Bay City; sisters Ruby Boettcher of Palacios and Pasadena, and Olga Kusak of Needville; brothers Weldon Schneider of Conroe, Alfred Schneider and Dickie Schneider, both of Palacios, and Herbert John Schneider of Port Lavaca; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Jean Schneider.

Funeral services for Pete H. Rodriguez, 65, of Palacios, were held May 20, 2000 at St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church with Father Charles Dwomoh officiating. Internment was at Palacios Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2467.

Mr. Rodriguez was born June 27, 1934 in Palacios to the late Juan O. Rodriguez and Consuelo Hernandez-Rodriguez. He died May 17, 2000.

He was a Airman Second Class-Regular Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a commercial fisherman and a Catholic.

Mr. Rodriguez is survived by five daughters, Ericka Bagwell of Houston, Veronica Hill of Norman, OK, Angelica Rodriguez of Three Rivers, TX, Maria Consuelo Rodriguez of Palacios, and Jennifer Villarreal of Karnes City, TX; a son, Air Force Staff Sergeant Pete Y. Rodriguez of Tucson; sisters Julia Smith of Edinburg, TX, Margaret Vargas of Palacios, Mary Long and Dee DuPree both of Houston; and brother John H. Rodriguez of Palacios.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jesse H. Rodriguez.

Pallbearers were Larry Deadrick, Julian Guzman, Arnold Davilla, Amador Molina, David Sandoval, and John Rodriguez, III. Honorary pallbearers were Peter John Rodriguez, III, Adrienne Rodriguez, Pete Reyes, Jr., Juan Reyes, and Jose Salas.

Funeral services for Nettie Kilgore, 72, of Palacios, were held May 11, 2000 at Palacios Funeral Home with Chaplain Don Delaplain officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Kilgore was born March 11, 1928 in Palacios to Harley C. and Hattie Best Lewis. She died May 8, 2000 at her home.

She was a lifelong resident of Palacios and married to Walter Kilgore for 51 years.

She is survived by her husband, Walter Kilgore of Palacios; daughters, Karla Nell Carr of Crockett, TX, and Cynthia Lynn Peterson of Leander, TX; a son, David Keith Kilgore of Lockhart, TX; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services for Bernardo DeLosSantos, 73, of Vanderbilt, were held May 13, 2000 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Vanderbilt with the Rev. Jim Deaconson officiating. Interment was at St. Theresa Catholic Cemetery in LaSalle.

Mr. DeLosSantos was born Aug. 20, 1926, in Mission, to the late Jose and Paula Casarez DeLosSantos. He died May 10, 2000.

He was owner and operator of a tavern and a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church and VFW Post No. 8556 in Lolita.

He is survived by his wife, Pola Castillo DeLosSantos; daughters, Gloria Nevarez of Vanderbilt, Irene Perez and Corey Nevarez, both of Houston, Sonia Garcia and Christina Nevarez, both of Palacios and Janie DeLosSantos of Angleton; sons, Casey DeLosSantos of Edna, Benny DeLosSantos of Vanderbilt, Ferman Castillo of Francitas and Paco Leal of Ganado; sisters, Lupe Martinez of Houston, Margaret Ramirez and Gracie Garza, both of Vanderbilt, Fina Delbousquez of San Marcos and Mary Pena of Houston; brothers, Fernando DeLosSantos of LaWard and Joe DeLosSantos of Vanderbilt; 22 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sons, Bernardo DeLosSantos Jr., Ricky DeLosSantos and Danny DeLosSantos; parents; and a sister, Juanita Muniz.

Pallbearers were Bernardo DeLosSantos III, Edward DeLosSantos, Edwin DeLosSantos, Eric Nevarez, Robert Garcia Jr. and Jeromy Chagoya.

Funeral services for Mrs. Patricia Sue “Trish” Hardy Townsend, 60, of Bay City were scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at the First Baptist Church in Bay City with the Rev. Tom Crowe officiating. Interment was to follow in Cedarvale Cemetery. She died May 5 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston.

A native and lifelong resident of Bay City, she was born April 30, 1940 to the late G. P. and Susie Lou Cunningham Hardy, Jr. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

A leading businesswoman in Matagorda County for over 40 years, she owned Exclusively Yours Trish for 30 years and Luisa’s Restaurant for 10 years. Among the civic and community organizations she was a part of were: Junior Service League (past president), chairperson of Charity Ball and Follies; Bay City Study Club (past president); Ladies County Club Association (past president and program chairman); Matagorda County Fair Association—organized and promoted first rodeo program, raising over $20,000 the first year. She was also a founding member of the Holding Pen Club; chairperson of the founding committee of the Matagorda Mermaid Offshore Fishing Tournament, to benefit the Matagorda County Women’s Crisis Center and now also benefits the Matagorda EMS.

An individual dedicated to her family, friends and community, Mrs. Townsend was also active in the Matagorda Historical Society, Landmark Commission, Daughters of the American Revolution, Festival of Arts Association, Daughters in Progress and the Bay City Chamber of Commerce. She was also speaker before 500-plus at the Dallas Apparel Mart seminar on the subject,“Creating Plus Sales for the Independent Retailer.”

Survivors include a daughter, Cristyn Townsend Hallmark of Matagorda; son and daughter-in-law, William Allen and Donita Townsend, Jr. of Bay City; three sisters, Timothy Sloan of Bay City, Susie Hardy of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Melinda Horn of Missouri City; one bother, G.P. Hardy III of Sugar Land; three grandchildren, Hatchet Lee Hallmark of Matagorda, Brittney Michelle Townsend and Ashley Rene Townsend, both of Clark Lake; step-mother, Gertrude Hardy of Bay City; Godmother to her children, Lillie Hines of Bay City; along with numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and close friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Warren Townsend, on Dec. 9, 1999.

Named pallbearers were nephews Michael, Todd, Matthew and Patrick Sloan, Tommy Phillips, Michael Cannon and George Hardy. Stephen Revell was honorary pallbearer.

Memorials may be made to either the Matagorda Historical Society, P.O. Box 392, Matagorda, Tx 77457; or Matagorda County Fair & Rodeo Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1803, Bay City, Tx 77404-1803. 

A Rosary service for Raymond Salinas, Jr., 85, of Palacios, was held May 7 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral mass was held at May 8, 2000 at St. Anthony’s Cahtolic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Salinas was born Sept. 25, 1914 in Shiner, Tx. to the late Genoveo and Eulagia Olivares Salinas. He died May 4, 2000 at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston. Mr. Salinas was a lifelong resident of Palacios and member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Maria S. Ortiz of Corpus Christi, Elida S. and Jesse Mendez of Houston, Olivia S. Diaz of Palacios, Janice S. and Paul R. Campos of Palacios, Delia S. Cuellar of Pearland, and Abelia S. and Alfred Guillen of Texas City; sons and daughters-in-law Raymond and Irma Salinas, Jr. of Francitas, David and Suzanne Salinas of Palacios, Joe G. Salinas of Palacios, and Robert G. Salinas of Palacios; 38 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria A. Salinas, three sisters and three brothers.

Pallbearers are Alfred Guillen, David Salinas, Jesse Mendez Jr., Greg Ryena, Toby Reyna Jr. and Paul R. Campos III.

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