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|JEROME W. 'JERRY' FLINT
Funeral 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.
Mr. Flint was born Sept. 3, 1906, in Summers County, W. Va., to the late Thomas Wayne and Ocie Ola Taylor Flint. He died Jan. 25, 2001.
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
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
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.
He was a member of the Catholic Church, a resident of Palacios for the past five years, and was employed as an electrician with United Electrical Contractors.
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
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
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 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
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
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.
The family requests that memorials be sent to the Friends of Elder Citizens,
benefit of Med-Trans, P.O. Box 791, Palacios, Tex. 77465.
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
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
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
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.