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RUBY ELEANOR MATHIS
Funeral services for Ruby Eleanor Mathis, 91, of Cape Carancahua, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 2000 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment will be at Olivia Cemetery.

Mrs. Mathis was born May 7, 1909 in Siloam Springs, Ark. to Zechariah and Hattie Cupp. She died Sept. 28, 2000.

She was a resident of Cape Carancahua for the past nine years and a former resident of Waller, Tx. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Palacios and was a retired cashier/waitnress. She was also an oil paint artist.

She is survived by her daughter, Madge E. Ammons of Cape Carancahua; a son, James B. Armstrong of Texas City; a sister, Marie Fergerson of Cherry Hill, Calif.; five grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
 

DON MARQUESS
Memorial services for Don Marquess, 64, of Salado were held Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000 at the Heartfield Funeral Home Chapel in Belton, with the Rev. Skip Blanchatt officiating. Interment was at Calvert Cemetery in Calvert. He died Sept. 1, 2000 in a Temple hospital.

Mr. Marquess was born July 27, 1936 in Temple to the late Harry Clyde Marquess and Frances Rather Marquess. He was a graduate of Palacios High School and the University of Texas-Austin and formerly served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He worked in sales for WilsonArt in the 1970s and was owner-operator of MarJon, Inc., in Atlanta, Ga., from 1976 to 1992. He moved back to Bell County, Texas in 1992 and was co-owner of Horseshoe Wood Products at Temple until his death. He was a Methodist.

Survivors include the widow, Eleanor “Ellie” Francis Marquess (to whom he was married on March 15, 1960 in San Antonio) of Salado; two sons, Scott Marquess and his wife, Robin, of Charlotte, N.C., and Keith Marquess and his wife, Lynn, of Montgomery, Ala.; one daughter, Michelle Marquess of Arlington; one brother, Jim Marquess and his wife, Rita, of Spricewood; and two grandsons, Jeffrey Scott Marquess, Jr., and Benjamin Marlow Marquess.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 

ROBERT JAY “BOB” WILKINSON
Funeral services for Robert Jay “Bob” Wilkinson, 84, of Bay City, were held 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25, 2000 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City. The Rev. Allen Anderson officiated, followed by interment at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck. He died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000 at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

Mr. Wilkinson was born in Collegeport on Sept. 9, 1916 to the late Walter William and Helen Leonora Gossett Wilkinson. He graduated from Bay City High School, where he delivered the salutatory address, in 1934. In 1938, he graduated from the University of Texas-Austin with a degree in journalism. At UT, he was elected to Sigma Delta Chi, a national honorary and professional journalism fraternity, and worked on the university newspaper, The Daily Texan, writing the first story about the UT tower illuminated in orange following football victories.

In 1938, he became sports editor and a news reporter for the Bay City Daily Tribune. On Dec. 28, 1939, he married Luceile Huebner, daughter of Lillian Hurst and Marion Taylor Huebner, in the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City. On Jan. 1,1940, he became editor of The Herald, a weekly Bay City newspaper. In World War II, Mr. Wilkinson joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and while stationed at the Corpus Christi Naval Training Center, he was editor of The Beam, the base newspaper. He left to serve in the Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Lind, with the Third and Fifth Fleets, and at wars end, he was present at the Japanese surrender ceremony board the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945.

He received his honorable discharge from the Navy in February 1946, and in June of that year published the first issue of the Bay City News. Eleven years later, he sold the News to devote full time in the oil business with his father. The business of W.W. Wilkinson & Sons was dissolved after his father’ death in 1968, and he became an independent oil operator and lease broker. His son, Robert J. “Bobby” Wilkinson joined him in 1977, becoming the third generation of Wilkinsons in the oil business.

Mr. Wilkinson was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a founding member of the Bay City Country Club and Matagorda County Texas Exes, a member of the Petroleum Club of Houston, and several professional and civic organizations.

Survivors include: wife, Luceile of Bay City; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Peggy Wilkinson of Bay City; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Clayton Lake of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Malynn Ashcraft of Broken Arrow, Okla., Clay Lake of Las Vegas, Nev., Chris Wilkinson and Mindy Wilkinson of Bay City; great-grandchildren, Morgan Reber, Maurice “Buddy” Ashcraft III and Sarah Ashcraft, all of Broken Arrow, Okla.; aunt, Jean Gossett of Salesville, Ohio; brother-in-law, Raleigh Huebner of Bay City; sister-in-law, Jean Huebner of Bay City; nephews, Jack Wilkinson, Jr. of Houston, Kent Cummins of Elgin, Don Huebner of Buffalo, Tex., Doug and Bill Huebner of Bay City; nieces, Helen Fitch of Corpus Christi, Carol Bascom of Tucson, Ariz., Marion Lester of Fort Worth, Janet Considine of Midland, and Jean Richardson of Bay City.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Cummins of Bay City; two brothers, John Paul Wilkinson of Midland and W.W. Wilkinson, Jr. of Bay City; and brothers-in-law, Robert Huebner of Palacios and M.T. Huebner of Bay City.
Pallbearers were Chris Wilkinson, Clay Lake II, Clay Lake, Jack Wilkinson, Darrell Hertel and Jack Conner.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or to the American Cancer Society.
 

FLOYD A. DAWSON
Funeral services for Floyd A. Dawson, 91, of Warren, Ind., scheduled 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, 2000 at Glancy Funeral Homes-H. Brown & Son Chapel, Warren with Pastor Tim Helms officiating, followed by interment in Asbury Cemetery, Montpelier, Ind. Mr. Dawson died Sept. 18 at the United Methodist Memorial Home in Warren.

A native of Jackson Township, Ind., he was born Jan. 11, 1909 to the late Harrison ‘Mack” Dawson and Corena M. Brown Dawson. A lifetime resident of Wells County, Ind., he worked for the county highway department for over 30 years, was a farmer, past president of the Twin Bridge Conservation Club in Mt. Zion and sexton of the Asbury Cemetery.

Survivors include the widow, Mary Louise McMillan Dawson, two whom he was married on Oct. 17, 1936; five sons, David and Linda Dawson of Palacios, Tex., Dean and Jackie Dawson of Marion, Ind., Daniel and Barb Dawson of Berne, Ind., Dennis Dawson of Dickinson, Tex., and Dallas Dawson of Warren, Ind.; one sister, Mabel Booher of Fort Wayne, Ind.; one brother, Al Dawson of Hartford City, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marjorie Ellen Dawson; and 11 brothers and sisters.
 

ALTA MAE BYERS BISHOP MOORE
Funeral services for Alta Mae Byers Bishop Moore, 87, of Edna, were held Sept. 21, 2000 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Russell Minton officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Moore was born Oct. 4, 1912 in Henderson County, Tx. to the late Granville Marcus and Mollie Pearl Reed Byers. She died Sept. 19, 2000. She was a resident of Edna since 1977 and a former longtime resident of Palacios.

She is survived by four daughters, Bobbie Burditt, Edwina Fenner and Mary Brown, all of Edna, and Charlene Rigdon of San Antonio; sons Clarence Bishop of San Antonio and Kenneth Bishop of South Padre Island; a sister, Ann Charnetski of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; 24 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest “Eddie” Bishop, and her second husband, Charlie Moore; a son, Ernest Edward Bishop; two sisters, Opal Williams and Edith Harris; and two brothers, Thurman Byers and R. C. Byers.
 

JANIE L. CERDA
Funeral services for Janie L. Cerda, 67, of Baytown, Tx. were held Aug. 30 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Cerda was born March 8, 1933 in Olivia, Tx. to Jose Angel and Guadalupe Navarro Leijha. She died Aug. 26, 2000 in Baytown.

She was survived by her mother of Bay City; daughters Jacqueline Ramirez of Palacios, Belinda Castillo of Bay City, and Dolly Craft of Baytown; a son, Joe Anthony Cerda of Brown-wood; a sister, Frances Guerra of Bay City; brothers Ross N. Leijha of North Carolina and Lupe Leijha of New Mexico; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
 

KERRY JAMES RESSLER
Funeral services for Kerry James Ressler, 55, of Mineola, Tx. and formerly of Palacios, were held Sept. 17, 2000 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Ressler was born Jan. 26, 1945 in Bay City to Joseph ambrose and Katherine Jean Dodd Ressler. He died Sept. 14, 2000. He was a resident of Mineola for the past 12 years and a member of the Baptist church.

He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Katherine Ressler of Palacios; a son, Jim Ressler of Chamblee, Ga.; a sister, Robin Grace of Dripping Springs, Tx.; and two grandchildren.
 

JOSEPHINE IZORAH HALLIDAY LEADFORD
Funeral services for Josephine Izorah Halliday Leadford, 86, of Mertzon, Tx., formerly of Hallettsville and Palacios were scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 16, 2000 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brett Moreland officiating.

Mrs. Leadford was born Aug. 28, 1914 in Corsicana, Tx. to Mary Tennie Jones and George Roger Holiday. She died Sept. 12, 2000 at San Angelo, Tx.

“Nanny” as everyone called her, was a caring and loving, but strict mother, grandmother and great grandmother to many. She was a resident of Palacios most of her life and graduated from Palacios High School in 1932. She has resided in Metzon, Tx. with her daughter Carla and son-in-law, Jim for the past 4 years.
She is survived by a son, Larry Ashley, of Copperas Cove Tx.; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Jane Leadford of Medina; daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Ray Posgay of Friendswood; daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Jim Reeves of Mertzon, Tx.; sister-in-law, Leona Bluhn of Three Rivers; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Velma and Robert Byers of Palacios; niece Mary Ruth Tassler of Port Lavaca; nephew, Jack Halliday of Houston; cousin, Tom Jones of San Angelo, Tx.; grandchildren, Jenny and Ronnie Lite of Belton, Karen and Fabrice Sueoka of Kempner, Cindy Kite of Batesville, Lydia and Shawn Randall of Killeen, Tim Leadford and wife of Midfield, Tate and Dawn Leadford of Houston, Paige Leadford of Medina, Joseph and Debra Anderson of San Angelo, James and Tami Anderson of Mertzon, James and Traci Reeves of West Columbia, Jennifer Reeves of Grand Prairie, Brian and Dawn Bowers of Angleton, Keith Bowers, Paula and Mike Sharp of Friendswood, Helen and Lee Knezek of Bay City, Blair Rowton, George Bittle of Matagorda and Jody Harvey of Houston; great-great-grandchildren; and her companion of 12 years , ‘Missy’, her Chihuahua.

She was preceded in death by her husband Walter L. Leadford; her parents; a brother, Carl S. Halliday; a daughter, Dolly Leadford Bittle; three grandsons; and two great-grandsons.

Pallbearers were Charles Mize, Kenneth Smith, Bobby Walton, Jack Beard, Herbert Schneider, and Don Hyett. Honorary pallbearer was John Ressler.

The family requests donations be made to the charity of one’s choice, or to the Irion Co. Volunteer EMS, Metrzon, Tx. 76941.
 

ALICE “MOMA” STOREY
Graveside services for Alice “Moma” Storey, 79, of Du- Quoin, Ill., were scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000 at the Palacios Cemetery. A memorial service was set for Sept. 16 in San Dia, Tex.

A former longtime resident of Palacios, where she was known as “Moma,” Mrs. Storey died Aug. 31 in Illinois. She was born March 30, 1921.

Survivors include the husband, Clyde Storey of DuQuoin, Ill.; four daughters, Judy and Les Parker of Los Fresnos, Tex., Jackie and Leo Russell of DuQuoin, Ill., Beth Storey of East St. Louis, Ill., and Leona and John Hebret of Arizona; one son, Daniel Storey of Houston; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sons, James Paul Buzzard, Spiegel Storey, Jr., and David Earl Storey. 
 

VIRGINIA NELI ‘GENNIE’ MOTES OLDHAM
Funeral services for Virginia Neli ‘Gennie’ Motes Oldham, 78, of Palacios, were scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at the First United Methodist Church in Palacios with Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Interment will be at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

Mrs. Oldham was born Sept. 14, 1921 in Blountsville, Ala. to the late Herbert and Inez Doyle Motes. Shed died Sept. 12, 2000 at the SCCI Hospital in Victoria following a lengthy illness.

After graduating high school in 1940, she joined the U. S. Navy Waves after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She was stationed in Washington, D. C. and was a cryptologist specialist. It was during World War II that she met and later married Army 1st Lt. Ney Oldham, Jr. from Palacios. Their military wedding was one of the first held at the Patuxent River Naval Chapel after the war.

The couple moved to Palacios after their honorable military discharges in 1945. Ney and Virginia owed and operated Oldham’s Dry Goods and Sporting Store. After Hurricane Carla in 1961 they built and operated The Fountain Terrace Motel. Mrs. Oldham was a member of the First Methodist Church.

In 1948, ‘Gennie’ and some of her friends started the Harmonie Club to raise money to light the baseball field as well as money for other local benefits.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Lydia V. and Dennis Schuetz of Palacios, Nancy Lea and Glenn Howard of Victoria; a son, Ney Oldham, III of Palacios; grandchildren Lee Schuetz, Rebecca Howard, Glenn Wesley Howard, and Nolan and Ney Oldham IV; eight nieces; two nephews; and 17 great -nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ney Oldham, Jr.; an infant daughter, Ann Lydia Schuetz; a sister, Joan Annette Motes; and three brothers, Doyle Motes, William ‘Sonny’ Motes, and Charles E. Motes.

Pallbearers are Donald McAfee, Damen Williams, Richard Scott, Mark Olsovsky, Dennis Bartosh and Ted Bates. Honorary pallbearers are Woodrow Wilson, Steve Farsutt, Bob Trull, Lowell Johnson, Billy Hamlin and George Sparks.
 

JOSEPH WAYNE MICHALIK
Funeral services for Joseph Wayne Michalik, 34, of Quincy, Illinois were held Sept. 9, 2000 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with the Rev. Craig Miller officiating. Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Mr. Michalik was born June 17, 1966 in Palacios, Tx. to Charles Walter, Sr. and Dianna J. Brown Michalik. He died Sept. 3, 2000 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Il.

He was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Quincy, Il.. and a former member of the First Baptist Church in Palacios, Tx. He was a resident of Quincy the past two years, where he was the Director of Purchasing and Transportation at Prince Agri-Manufacturing in Quincy.

Mr. Michalik was a 1984 graduate of Palacios High School and a 1990 graduate of Sam Houston State University in Agribusiness. After graduation he went to work for Cargill in Fort Worth, Tx. On Sept. 19, 1997 he married Dana D. Rickett in San Antonio, Tx.

He is survived by his wife, Dana of Quincy; parents, Charles and Dianna Michalik, Sr. of Palacios; two sons, Ronnie Michalik of Denton, Tx. and Hayden Michalik of Quincy, Il..; stepson, Trevor Moody of Quincy, Il..; sister, Roxane Michalik of Round Rock, Tx.; brother and sister-in-law, Charles Walter, Jr. and Jennifer Michalik of Austin; nephew, Hunter Michalik; and niece Abby Michalik of Austin, Tx.

Pallbearers were Bo Imhoff, John Cunningham, Byron Head, Wesley Franzen, Bobby Sells and Billy Kubecka.
 

ROBERT W. “BOB” ACKERMAN
Funeral services for Robert W. “Bob” Ackerman, 77, of Blessing, were held Sept. 9, 2000 at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with Rev. James Collins officiating. Interment was in Hawley Cemetery.

Mr. Ackerman was born May 14, 1023 in Blessing, Tx. to John Gilbert Ackerman and Mary Edith Nolen Ackerman. He died Sept. 7, 2000 in Bay City.

He was a lifelong resident of Matagorda County and a member of Collegeport Presbyterian Church. He was a retired Rice Farmer and Cattle Rancher and a member of RVOS & a veteran of the 8th Air Force. He was a former member of the American Legion, Post #649 of Blessing and a former member of the North American Limousin Association.

Mr. Ackerman is survived by his wife, Margie Lorene Neuszer Ackerman of Blessing; by his daughters, Eileen Ackerman of Austin and Gale King of Blessing; and by a son, Wayne Ackerman of Blessing. He is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-granchildren.

Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren, Julie Ann Wesselman, Dennis Eugene Wesselman, Cody Steffek, Abby Ackerman, Amy King, and Cari King.
 

MARY MARTINO
Funeral mass for Mary Martino, 78, of Palacios was held Sept. 8, 2000 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Martino was born Sept. 21, 1921 in Victoria, Tx. to the late Reyes and Santana Torres Diaz. She died Sept. 5, 2000 at North East Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Tx.

She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and a resident of Palacios for the past 62 years.

Mrs. Martino is survived by her husband, John O. Martino of Palacios; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Delores and Harry Castro of Richmond, Tx., Rosalie and John Lenihan of San Antonio, Tx.; sisters, Josefa Rodriguez of Port Lavaca, Tx., Benita Cano of Kemah, Tx.; brother, Porfidio Diaz of Corpus Christie, Tx.; 4 grandchildren, Evett Hamlin and husband, Philip, of Wharton, Marcus Castro and Samantha Castro of Richmond and Adam Rodriguez, Jr. of San Antonio; 4 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son John O. Martino, Jr., sister Isabel Lopez ,and brother Manuel Diaz.

Pallbearers were Philip Hamlin, Adam Rodriguez, Sr., Adam Rodriguez, Jr., John Lenihan, Harry Castro and Courtney Grisby.
 

LESTER WRIGHT
Funeral services for Lester Wright, 78, of Palacios, were held Sept. 6, 2000 at Out Redeemer Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dale Leland officiating. Interment followed at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Wright was born Sept. 28, 1921 in Turtle Bay, Matagorda Co., Tx. to the late Buel Benjamin and Minnie Leota Stevens Wright. He died Sept. 3, 2000 at the Palacios Health Care Center in Palacios.

He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and a life long resident of Palacios.

Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Amie McGraw Wright of Palacios; brother and sister-in-law, Vernon and Alice of Palacios; grandson, Jamie Kruse of Palacios; and 2 great grandchildren, Tristan Scott and Steffen Bailey Kruse of Palacios. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Wright.

Pallbearers were Fred, Bobby, and Darrell Buckley, Bobby Walton, Kenneth Smith and Greg Burnett. Honorary pallbearers were Jamie Kruse and Reed Bowers.
 

ALTON H. KELLEY
Funeral services for Alton H. Kelley, 76, of Anahuac, Tx., were held Aug. 29, 2000 at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel in Port Lavaca with Rev. John R. Fisher officiating. Interment, with full military honors, was at Francitas Cemetery.

Mr. Kelley was born Dec. 18, 1923 in Needville, Tx. to the late Gladys Laxson and Anthus Kelley. He died Aug. 27, 2000.

Mr. Kelley was a retired pot tender at Alcoa-Point Comfort. He was a lifetime member of V. F. W. Post 8557 in Lolita, a member of the Alcoa 25 Year Club, and the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Point Comfort.

He is survived by his wife, Nora Louise Kelley, of Anahuac; a daughter, Phyllis M. Howell of Kelseyville, Calif.; a son, Alton L. Kelley of Smith Point, Tx.; sisters Hazel C. Koch of Palacios, and Edith Lucille Arnold of Blessing; grandchildren Richard Kelley, Glenda Hellyer, Brandy Nowlin, Rhonda Kelley and Desiray Taylor; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.

Pallbearers were Valine Wallack, Gary Wallack, Walter Roben, Joe Wallack, Leroy Wallack and Rod Hellyer.
 

HARRY MARSHALL HEATH, SR.
Memorial services for Harry Marshall Heath, Sr., 57, of Wharton were held Aug. 30, 2000 at College Heights Baptist Church in Wharton with the Rev. Don Hurley officiating.

Mr. Heath died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000 in a Houston hospital after an extended illness. He was born May 5, 1943 in Wharton to the late Fred Francis and Mary A. Zahn Heath. A lifelong resident of Wharton and a Baptist by faith, he was a salesman for Allison Distributing for 18 years before his retirement.

Survivors include a daughter, Candy Marcell Blackwell of Bay City; four sons, Marshall C. Murphy of Palacios, Charles Robert Heath of Houston, Fred Heath, Sr. of El Campo; and Harry Marshall Heath, Jr. of Victoria; three sisters, Billie Jean Eckert of Brenham and Mary F. Hudspeth and Patricia A. Shahani, both of Wharton; a brother, Fred William Heath of Lockhart; and eight grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to: American Cancer Society, 204 Second St., Wharton, Tx 77488, or to the American Lung Association of Texas, 3520 Executive Center Dr., Suite G-100, Austin, Tex 78731-1698.
 

NELLIE SLONE
Funeral services for Nellie Slone, 94, of Palacios were held Aug. 23, 2000 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Slone was born April 15, 1906 in Louise, TX to the late Albert Sidney and Nellie Hughes Johnson. She died Aug. 21, 2000 at her residence.

Mrs. Slone was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Palacios, a resident of Palacios since 1924 and a 50 year member of Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post # 2467.

She is survived by a daughter, Gay Harrison of Palacios; brother-in-law, R. J. Boland of Louise, TX; six grandchildren—Janet Harrison, Sandra Miller and her husband Bill, Holly Claybourn and her husband Clayton, and Shelley Mayfield and her husband Kent, all of Palacios, Slone Harrison of Chattanooga, TN, and John Harrison and wife Lisa of Houston; and 12 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her great grandsons Jason Miller, Jeff Miller, Michael Harrison, Daniel Harrison, Garrett Claybourn and Jimmy Smith.
 

NETTIE H. LIGUORI
Funeral services for Nettie Huddleston Liguori, 81, of Brooklyn, N.Y., were held Aug. 22, 2000 at La Bella Funeral Chapel in Brooklyn, N.Y. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

Mrs. Liguori was born August 21, 1918, in Olivia, to the late John and Myrtle Hadley Huddleston. She died Aug. 20, 2000. She was a retired executive of Value Line in New York and a Baptist.

She is survived by sons, Gary Liguori of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Ronald Liguori of Victoria; sisters, Ola Mae Peterson and Estelle Johnson, both of Olivia, Lucille Pargman of Austin and Geneva Mercer of Waco; brothers, Teddy Huddleston of Neddlewall and Calvin Huddleston of Palacios; and four grandchildren—Michele Liguori and Philip Liguori, both of New Jersey and Christopher Liguori and Nicole Liguori, both of New York. She was preceded in death by husband, Patrick Liguori; parents; brothers, John Huddleston and Odell Huddleston.
 

TONY BUCKLEY
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 ALLEN
Funeral 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
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.


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