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|CHARLENE LEE SHELTON
Funeral services for Charlene Lee Shelton, 76, of Palacios, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors at the Palacios Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4.
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. Arrangements are with Palacios Funeral Home, 361-972-2012.
SYLVA LUCILE BARR DAVENPORT
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, Tenn.
GARY WAYNE MOONEYHAM
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
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
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.
JEROME W. ‘JERRY’ FLINTFuneral services for Jerome W. “Jerry” Flint, 94, of Blessing, were held Jan. 28, 2001 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Zimmer officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.
He was a U.S. Army veteran serving for 20 years, including in World War II. He was a life member and past commander of Blessing Cecil Lee American Legion Post No. 649 and a member of Midfield Community Church.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian Kopecky Flint; daughter, Phyllis
Anne Beverage of Boca Raton, Fla.; sisters, Christine Flint and Geneva
Scott, both of Covington, Va.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
GEORGE JAMES AMBOREE
He is survived by daughters, Mildred Barnwell and Linda Fuse, both of
Houston; sons, Byron Amboree of Palacios and David Amboree of Minnesota;
foster daughter, Charlene Breaux; sisters, Deloris Jones of Iowa City,
Iowa and Lillian Easley of Dickerson; brothers, J.C. Amboree of Freeport,
Cercy Amboree of Oklahoma and Alvin Amboree and Junius Amboree, both of
Wharton; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
LOUISE SABLATURA VAVRA
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing.
Mrs. Vavra is survived by her husband, Edward Frank ‘Eddie’ Vavra, Sr.; daughters Mary Jo Harvey of Palacios, Yvonee Royston of West Columbia, and Juanita Schweizer of Simpsonville, S.C.; sons Edward Frank Vavra Jr. of Palacios and Dwight Vavra of Markham; a sister, Alvina Grasmuck of Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by sisters Lilly Cardova, Mollie Livanic,
Mary Sutrik and Martha Sablatura; brothers Bill Sablatura, Henry Sablatura,
Ed Sablatura, Julius Sablatura, Joe Sablatura, Jerone Sablatura and Ben
RAYMOND A. KURNER
A native of Glen Ridge, N.J., he was born March 29, 1920 to the late Frank and Anna Charlotte Carlson Kurner. A World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps, he was a retired auditor at The Prudential Insurance Co., having served 43 years. He served on the board of directors of the Jackson County Hospital District and as manager of the Cape Carancahua Water District. He was also a member of the Carancahua Chapel.
Survivors include the widow, Virginia Bangert Kurner of Cape Carancahua; a daughter Pam Bertram of Bellaire; a son, Bryan Kurner of San Antonio; a sister, Dorothy Fredericks of Bloomfield, N.J.; and a brother, Richard Kurner of Dunnellton, Fla. He was preceded in death by a son, Roger Kurner; and a sister, Ruth Hickman.
Pallbearers were Bob Law, Bill Law, Harold Peterson, Gen. Ed Wenglar, donald Sudheimer, Paul Abraham and Charles Chambless.
Memorials may be made to Carancahua Community Volunteer Fire Department,
21 Carancahua Blvd., Palacios, Tex. 77465.
MARY KANA BARTOSH
She is survived by daughters Joan Karasek of East Bernard and Mary Ann Brandl of El Campo; sons Dennis Bartosh of Palacios, Lawrence Bartosh and David Bartosh both of Blessing, and Edward Bartosh of El Campo; sisters Georgie Pilgrim of San Antonio, Martha Mazoch of Baytown, and Dorothy Oliver of Miami, FL.; brothers Ivan Kana of Midfield and Edvin Kana of Bay City; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Bartosh in 1951; and brothers Charlie and Jerome Kana.
Pallbearers are Gene Karasek Jr., Philip Karasek, Jim Bartosh, James Allen Bartosh, Tim Cerny and Sean Kelly. Honorary pallbearers were David Kemp and Barry Bartosh.
The family requests memorials be made to Friends of Elder Citizens,
Inc., P. O. Box 791, Palacios, Tx. 77465.
ANGELINE TOMASEK BALUSEK
Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
She was a lifelong resident of El Maton, a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and a member of the Blessing Altar Society and the S.P.J.S.T.
She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law Mary Ellen and Eugene
Jekel of New Braunfels, Rosemary and Jake Foltyn of El Maton, Susie and
Valton McDonald of Deer Park, and Evelyn and Frank Michalik of El Maton;
sons and daughters-in-law Raymond and Willa Dean Balusek of Deer Park,
and Emil L. and Donie Balusek of Pasadena; a sister, Matilda Havlik of
Cameron; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Emil L. Balusek in 1960; her parents, Anton and
Annie Tomasek; a grandson, Dr. Steven McDonald; two sisters; and two brothers.
JAMES EDWARD ‘JAY’ GOLDEN, JR.
Mr. Golden was born May 14, 1963 in Scranton, PA. to James Edward Golden,
Sr. and Donna Knight Golden. He died Dec. 28, 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Grace ‘Dee’ Golden of Palacios; a daughter,
Kassidhe Jayne Golden of Palacios; a step daughter, Monica Marie McEntire
of Austin; his parents, James and Donna Golden of Scranton, PA.; sisters
Maggie McLane and Kate Andrews of Pennsylvania; brother, Edward Golden
of Maryland; and a step grandson, Weston McEntire of Austin, Tx.
MARGARET ANN SHERROD
Mrs. Sherrod died Dec. 21, 2000. She was an optometry technician and a former longtime resident of El Paso.
She is survived by her husband, Lilbourne Wayne Sherrod; her sons Michael
Sherrod of Palacios and Timothy Sherrod; her daughters Cynthia Sherrod
and Patricia Sherrod; two brothers; one sister; six grandchildren; and
RUTH HOOD SCHIER
The daughter of the late Ralph and Minnie Chamberlain Hood, she weighed just 1 1/2-pounds when she was born prematurely at Spring Green, Wis., on June 15, 1913, after her mother had been struck by lightning. She was a descendant of General John Bell Hood and a distant relative of former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
At the age of 13, she moved with her family to Palacios and resided her until her marriage to Elmore Schier of Sealy in 1932. A creative and talented person who mastered any task she attempted, Mrs. Schier created her own patterns and designs for clothing, and was also skilled at wall papering, upholstery, painting, lighting creating and repair, and carpentry.
Survivors include her children and spouses, Dorris and Bruce Warburton, Evelyn and Jack Boggan, all of Bellville, and John and Pat Schier of Austin; one sister, Viola Reader of Houston; grandchildren James Lane and Robert Bruce Warburton, Elizabeth Ruth and Christi Schier, Jeff and John Boggan, Lisa Menke, Jacque Fenster and Linda Murski; and great-grandchildren James, Carrie and Charles Griffin, Brittany and Mindy Menke, Maci Menke, Nathan, Nicholas and Sean Fenster, Adriana and Jackson Boggan, and Steven and Ashley Murski.
Pallbearers were Robert, James and Bruce Warburton, John, Jeff and Jack Boggan, Darrell Murski and Matt Menke.
In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial gifts may be made to the Bellville
United Methodist Church, 234 S. Masonic, Bellville, Tx 77418; or to Paws,
213 N. Granville, Bellville, Tx. 77418.
DAVID RANDOLPH BOLLING, SR.
Mr. Bolling was a retired rancher, a member of the first Presbyterian Church of Palacios, and a lifelong resident of Matagorda and Jackson counties.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Melbourn Bolling of LaWard; a daughter, Helen Lucille Bolling of LaWard; sons Richard Truman Bolling of LaWard and David Randolph Bolling, Jr. of San Antonio; a sister, Margaret Bolling McCary of Salt Lake City, Utah; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John William and Amanda Ruth Bolling; a son, James Thomas Bolling; a sister, Mary Bolling Cunningham; a brother, John William Bolling, Jr.; and one grandchild.
Pallbearers are Henry Zarate, Gary Beyer, Danny Stephens, David Frankson, Jr., David Randolph Bolling III, Ryan Brandon Bolling, and Jack Linden Seaquist, II.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of choice.
JANET K. MORGAN
She was a waitress and loved by everyone she met. A very religious person, she fought a very courageous battle with cancer and was proud to be cancer-free when she died of heart failure.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Pat Morgan of Fort Worth; her mother, Carrie May Jurek of Wharton; a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Sherry Ridley of Houston; and a sister and brother-in-law, Tinker and Charles Jenkins of Palacios.
She was preceded in death by her father, Denver Jurek.
She was a resident of Blessing for the past 23 years and a member of the First Baptist Church of Blessing.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne Guynes of Blessing; her mother, Louise Herrington of Tomball, Tx.; daughters Natasha Leigh Humplik and husband, Paul, of Corpus Christi, and Teresa Nell Magee of Midfield; sons Jody Allen Guynes and wife, Charlene, of El Campo, Gregory Wayne Guynes and wife, Mary, of Alvin, and William Martin Guynes of Blessing; brothers Richard Herrington of Tomball and Tindall Herrington of North Carolina; and eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wade Tindall Herrington; grandson, Darin Guynes; and son-in-law, Michael Magee.
Pallbearers are Jody A. Guynes, Gregory W. Guynes, William M. Guynes,
Paul Humplik, Mike Ellis, Shane Hahn, Paul Hahn and Gabriel Nalley.
LUPE LONGORIA, SR.
He was a commercial fisherman and a Presbyterian.
Mr. Longoria is survived by his wife, Lydia Guerra Longoria; daughters and sons-in-law Hope and Richard Corbello of Houston and Brenda and Vincent Reina of Boling; sons and daughters-in-law Lupe Jr. and Julie Longoria., Ernest Longoria, Victor Longoria and Vincent and Laura Longoria, all of Palacios; sisters Eva Trevino and Dora Deleon, both of Palacios, and Marina Placenio of Clute; brothers Charlie Longoria Jr., Felix Longoria and Frank Longoria, all of Palacios, and Adam Longoria of Newport News, Va.; 20 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ricardo Longoria; and sister Esmeralda Longoria.
Pallbearers were Lupe Longoria, III, Mark Longoria, Charlie Longoria,
Jr., Freddie Longoria, Mark Latapie and Joey Mijres.
ALBERT SIDNEY ‘DUTCH’ REYNOLDS
He was a veteran of World War II serving with the 1881st Engineer Aviation Battalion in New Guinea, Leyte and Luzon. His peacetime occupation was that of geophysical seismograph surveying in many states with Taylor Exploration and Amerada Hess.
He is survived by nephews George Reynolds, Jr., and Elbert Reynolds
Glaze; niece Edna Mayo Heath; great nephews Charles and John Glaze; great
nieces Leanna Jackson and Sharon Reynolds; as well as Christopher Reynolds
and Lauren Elizabeth Glaze.
MYRTLE FAYE REED
Mrs. Reed was born Dec. 7, 1920 in Purvis, Tx. to farming parents Prior Calloway Burnett and Lucy Erella Box Burnett. She died Nov. 28, 2000 after a lengthy stay at Palacios Health Care and Valley View Health Care in Eastland, Tx. following a massive stroke in November 1990.
She settled in Palacios in 1946 where she met and married Percy Hillmon Reed. She dearly loved her Lord Jesus, her family, and her church and that is her legacy.
She is survived by her sons, Jack Allen Bradshaw of Eastland, Tx., Bobby Linden Bradshaw of Burnet, Tx., and William Walter Reed of Tampa, Fla.; daughters Alice Reed Haley of Albuquerque, N.M., and Mary Louise Reed Tucker of Melbourne, Fl.; sisters Opal Cox of Sun City, Calif., Frances Butler of Glen Rose, Tx., and Fern Kenneady of Dallas, Tx.; 20 great-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Percy H. Reed; sons Billy Dean Bradshaw and Carl Arthur Bradshaw, all of Palacios; her parents; and several of her siblings.
Pallbearers are Jack Bradshaw, Allen Bradshaw, Bobby Bradshaw, Gordan Bradshaw, Frank Haley, John Carrol Sardelich, Noah Haley, Ted Bates Jr., and Wayne Bradshaw.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southern
Baptist Convention International Mission Fund, c/o First Baptist Church,
202 Main, Palacios, Tx. 77465.
HERBERT LEE ‘H. L.’ HENRY
He attended Texas Tech University where he played football. He was a farmer, rancher and a pioneer in the introduction of Black Angus cattle into Matagorda County. He was former director of First National Bank in El Campo and a former school board trustee for Palacios ISD. He was a member and past master of the Palacios Masonic Lodge No. 990 AF&AM and was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios.
Mr. Henry is survived by his wife, Johnnie Mae Kubela Henry of Palacios;
sons, John Lee Henry of Garland, Tx., Herbert William Henry of Bay City
and James Rupert Henry of Victoria; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by: parents; and infant brother, Ernest Henry.
PATRICIA MILLER HOWARTH
Mrs. Howarth, formerly of Palacios, died Sunday, Nov. 12.
Following graduation from Bates College and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial College, Pat worked for several years as a secretary to the Chairman of the Romance Language Department at Harvard University. She married John Howarth in 1945. They lived with their adopted daughter, Christina Joy, in Reading, Mass., for 28 years.
Pat took courses at the Northeastern University suburban campus and discovered her interest in the elderly. She took the first course for nursing home activities director and worked in this field until John retired in 1975 for health reasons. John was recommended to see a specialist at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, who was familiar with his type of ailment. On July 4, 1975, John and Pat sold out in Reading and headed west in the modern day “covered wagon,” a 20-foot motor home, pulling a small car with two bicycles on the roof. Pat often said that this was the beginning of many “great adventures.”
They found Palacios. Many productive years followed in a community they came to love. Pat resumed her interest in the elderly and instigated the forming and naming of the Friends of Elder Citizens senior project. Pat worked on all grant writing and publicity for the senior citizens nutrition center.
In 1983, Pat received the “Woman of the Year” award for her work in behalf of the seniors of Palacios and her efforts in the field of alcoholism. Pat enjoyed many years of participation and volunteering at the Palacios center. She wrote the “Senior Newslines” published in the Palacios Beacon for mnay years. Her one main love was the Senior Center and the Palacios community.
Her husband, John, a partner with her in the Senior Center project,
died in 1984. She is survived by her daughter, Christina Irving; son-in-law
JP Irving; two grandchildren, Jade Patrice and Justin Irving, all of College
Station; and her sister, Marilyn Pomeroy of Newport, Rhode Island.
ROBERT LANDIS LAURENCE
He was a member of the Baptist Church, a resident of Bay City the past 6 years and a former resident of Palacios.
Mr. Laurence is survived by wife, Karel Penick Laurence of Bay City;
son, Austin Landis Laurence of Bay City; mother Janice Jones of Palacios;
sisters Wanda Jane Harris of Lolita and Bobbie Kana of Palacios; maternal
mother, Sadye Pledger of Friendswood. He was preceded in death by his father
Robert and his sister Jean Laurence.
PAULINE ‘POLLY’ WHITE
She was Past Matron of Palacios Chapter #125, order of the Eastern Star, a member of Bay City Chapter $380 O.E.S., and worked many years as a dental assistant in the office of John W. Hart. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church.
She is survived by a grandson, Carl Vanderwindt of Los Angeles, Calif.;
and several nieces and newphews. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Dr. John C. White; foster parents, Fleeta and William Christian; a daughter,
Diane Bevins; and two brothers, Everett Axom and Hobert Axom.
PAULA S. GARCIA
A Funeral Mass for Paula S. Garcia, 84, of Palacios will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. A Rosary was to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 7) with funeral services pending at Palacios Funeral Home.
Mrs. Garcia was born June 7, 1916 in Mier y Noriega, Mexico. She died Nov. 6, 2000.
She was a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church in Palacios.
She is survived by her children, Lucy Garza of Freeport, Tx., Angie Ferrel of Houston, and Blas Garcia, Janie G. Penland, Lucio Garcia, Ramon Garcia Jr, Pauline Gomez and Joe Garcia, all of Palacios; 21 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ramon Garcia, Sr.;
and a son, Jesse Garcia.
WALLACE GENE BARR
Memorial services for Wallace Gene Barr, 70, of Palacios, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Janell Blair officiating.
A lifetime resident of Palacios and a graduate of Palacios High School, he received a Mathematics B.S. degree from Texas A&I College before serving in the U. S. Marine Corps where he was honorably awarded a National Defense Service Medal. Following discharge, he began work at Alcoa Aluminum and retired in 1982. He was also a business partner in Palacios Marina and W & W Marine along with several shrimper trawlers. He received the Chamber of Commerce Marine Related Award in 1985. Mr. Barr was a member of the Masons of Texas Palacios Lodge #990, Scottish Rite of Free Masonry of Galveston, Shriners Arabian Temple of Houston, and American Legion Post #649 of Blessing. He served the Palacios Volunteer Fire Dept. for 44 years and was named Fireman of the Year in 1984 for his volunteer service benefiting the entire community.
He is survived by his 100-year old aunt, Sylva Barr Davenport of Memphis, Tenn., and cousins Doris Ann Barr of San Antonio and Richard Barr of Saudi Arabia. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, John Henry Barr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Palacios Volunteer
Fire Dept., Senior Citizens Center, or the First Presbyterian Day School.
GUADALUPE V. RODRIGUEZ
Funeral services for Guadalupe V. Rodriguez, 66, of Palacios, were held Nov. 3, 2000 at Trinity Baptist Church in Palacios with the Rev. Brett Moreland officiating.
She is survived by daughters Rosie Ann Guerra of League City, Tx., Linda
J. Zamora of Palacios, and Shirley Ann Rodriguez; brothers Pepe Villarreal
and Manuel Villarreal, both of Aransas Pass, and Willie Villarreal; and
11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Camillo Guerra.
He was a resident of Pasadena for the past three years and a longtime resident and band leader in the Houston area. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He is survived by a sister, Gertrude K. Hunt of Pasadena; and several
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Melba Katz,
and his brother, James Louis Koerber, Jr.
JANIE C. GONZALES
She was a member of the Baptist Church and a resident of Palacios for the past 44-years.
Mrs. Gonzales is survived by her husband, Celso Gonzales, Sr. of Palacios; daughters and sons-in-law, Norma and Gilbert Flores, Jr. of Palacios, Nelda and Eric Bergamyer of Port St. Lucie, Fl., Mary Jane and David Chadwell of Irondale, Al.; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Sophia Sandate of Orange Grove, Tx., Celso, Jr. and Josie Gonzales of LaPorte, Arthur and Elida Gonzales of Austin; sisters, Isabel Sandate of Corpus Christie, Josie Tristan of Harden, Hilda Ramero of Brazoria, Ordilla Lozano of Fort Worth, Mary Stanley of Portland; brothers, Pete Canales of Portland, Jesse Canales of Pearland, Gilbert Canales of Indiana, Henry Yanez of Houston; 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, John Anthony and Joseph Daniel Gonzales,
Christopher Ray and Joseph Rene Rutherford, Richard Sandate, Jr. and Richard
CHARLIE DEAN PITTMAN
He was a resident of Matagorda County the past 34-years, and a member of First Christian Church.
Mr. Pittman is survived by his wife, Peggy Pittman of Palacios; two daughters and a son-in-law, Peggy Juanice “Sissy” and Brett Taylor of San Marcus, Tx., Karen Pittman of Mt. Belvieu; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles Luther and Rhonda Pittman of Pledger, Tx., Richard “Rick” Pittman of Baytown, Tx.; two brothers, Austin and Lonnie Pittman both of Lockhart, Tx.; 7 grandchildren, Melissa, Kristy and Richard Daugherty all of Baytown, Nicholas Pittman of Fairchild, Tx., Kaci Taylor of San Marcus, Roxanne Pittman of Pledger and Trish of Las Vegas, Nev. He was preceded in death by his sister Lola Mae Resinger.
Pallbearers were Ladell Sump, J.W. Luedke, Tom Quirk, Richard Sanders,
Fred Huitt, Dan Tucker, and Marvin Hammond.
MELVIN JOSEPH VALENTA
He was a 1958 graduate of Wharton High School and received his degree in Geology from Texas Tech University. He married Virginia Ruth Lothridge on Feb. 20, 1960 in Palacios. Mr. Valenta was a 37-year resident of Bay City and a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. He was employed as a engineer for Celanese for the past 37-years. He loved to hunt, garden and raise cattle and emus.
Survivors include wife, Virginia Valenta of Bay City; daughters, Denise Valenta and husband, Eric Vazquez, of Georgetown, Valerie Henson and husband, Bruce, of Bay City, and Venessa Valenta of Houston; and grandchildren, Christina and Alyssa Henson. Mr. Valenta was preceeded in death by his brother, Robert Valenta in 1995.
Pallbearers were David Valenta, Robert Dale Valenta, Lawrence Valenta,
Franklin Valenta, John Caron and Scott Smith. Honarary pallbearers were
all his many friends and co-workers at Celanese.
STELLA TALBOT STORK
Mrs. Stork was born Feb. 3, 1916. Formerly of Alabama, she was a resident of Palacios for the past 50 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, June and William Jones of Theodore, Al., and Lola Ginger and Jerry Neimeyer of Channelview, Tx.,; a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald Lamar and Betty Stork of Palacios; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Ted Bates, Jr., Jerry Neimeyer Jr., Bryan Rushton, Michael
Jones, Joseph Denman and Jonathan Markel.
NELLIE ANN TEFFETELLER FOSTER
She is survived by her husband, Earl Foster, of Blessing; her mother
of Buffalo, Tx.; a daughter, Shelley R. Foster of Blessing; a son, Troup
Foster, Jr. of Texas; a sister, Betty Jo Phillips of Liberty Hill, Tx.;
a brother, Jerry Teffeteller of Dallas; and two grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her father and a grandson, T. J. Foster.
BOBBY PRICE BABCOCK
Mrs. Babcock graduated from Palacios High School and from John Tarleton Jr. College in Stephenville, Tx. After college she worked as an accountant in Bay City, Tx. until her marriage to Frank E. Babcock, Jr. on May 17, 1940. Early in their marriage they made their home in Louisiana, living most of that time in New Orleans where their two daughters were born. Upon retirement, they moved to Austin in 1957 which has been home ever since. Frank passed away in 1984.
Bobby had a gentle and loving spirit and a zest for life that was an inspiration to those around her. She always saw the best in every situation and never had an unkind word to say about anyone. She loved to travel and visit many places around the country and around the world; her favorite trips were to Hawaii and Santa Fe with her family and trips to far off places with her traveling buddy, Elvira Wyatt. She was a devoted member of the University Presbyterian Church for over 40 years. Fondly known to many as “Mrs. B.”, Bobby leaves many cherished memories of times she and Frank spent with their daughters and their friends in Wimberley, Creedmoor, and at Lake LBJ.
She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Alice and Randy
Randolph of Cincinnati, Ohio and Carolyn and John Turney of Austin; two
granddaughters, Sara and Mollie Randolph of Cincinnati; three step-grandchildren,
Jennifer and Lindsey Turney of Austin and Bo Turney of Denver, Colorado.
She is also survived by two sisters, Maxine and her husband, Reverend Carroll
Ray of Burleson, and Nancy and her husband, Harry Sisson of Houston; brother-in-law,
Burnell Waldrep of Weatherford, several nieces and nephews and many lifelong
friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, Cherry Price Waldrep, a
niece, Norma Waldrep, and a nephew, Neal Waldrep.
RUBY ELEANOR MATHIS
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.
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
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.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or to the American
FLOYD A. DAWSON
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
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
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
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
“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 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
ALTON H. KELLEY
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.