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Bellows 
Glenn Calvin Bellows, 41, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, in Richmond, Va. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Our Savior Lutheran Church with the Rev. Craig Sturm officiating. Burial will follow in Three Rivers Cemetery. 
Pallbearers will be Mike Forehand, David Murphy, Chris Davis, Calvin Blaschke, Steve Bellows and Lanse Brown. Kyle Williams will serve as an honorary pall bearer. 
Mr. Bellows was born Nov. 5, 1957, in Corpus Christi to Dudley and Mildred (Blaschke) Bellows of Three Rivers. He was baptised on Dec. 1, 1957, at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Ray Point. Mr. Bellows was confirmed on April 15, 1973, at Our Savior Lutheran Church. He married Ruth Williams on Aug. 17, 1985, also at Our Savior Lutheran Church. 
Mr. Bellows graduated from Three Rivers High School and The University of Texas. He was employed by the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C and worked as a contracting officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ernest and Linda Blaschke and Richard and Alice Bellows. 
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Williams Bellows of Stafford City, Va.; his parents, Dudley and Mildred Bellows of Three Rivers; two sisters and their husbands, Linda and Randal Moody of Spring and Linette and Timothy Malloy of Carrollton; a brother and his wife, Steve and Tricia Bellows of Three Rivers; five nephews, Wesley and Todd Moody, Bradley Bellows, Trevor Malloy and Derek Hess; and three nieces, Caroline Bellows, Sarah Kirkland and Stephanie Adamson. 
Galloway & Sons Funeral Directors, Three Rivers.

Kotara 
Mabel Heinen Kotara, 60, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, in a San Antonio hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Seguin on Sept. 28. 
She was born May 4, 1939, in Live Oak County to Gerhard F. and Irma Anna (Braune) Heinen. She was a member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and volunteered with station KLRN with funding efforts. She was employed at Motorola for 24 years. 
She was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Michael Kotara; a brother, Johnnie Heinen; and her father, Gerhard F. Heinen. 
Survivors include a daughter, Rose Mashl and husband Michael of New Braunfels; a son, Jeffrey Kotara and wife Kimberly of New Braunfels; her mother, Irma Heinen of Karnes City; six sisters, Irma Jean Buehring and Joyce Liska and husband Vincent of Karnes City, Dora White and husband Bill of New Braunfels, Ruby Pugh and husband Jim of George West and Mary Jane Heines and Helen Coleman of New Braunfels; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Rosary will be recited at 7 o’clock tonight (Wednesday) at the Zoeller Funeral Home chapel in New Braunfels. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church there, with Monsignor Eugene O’Callaghan officiating. 
Burial will follow at 3 p.m. in the Ray Point Cemetery.

Guerrero 
Valentin G. Guerrero, 85, of Jourdanton died Monday morning, Oct. 23, 2000, in Floresville. 
Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Galloway & Sons chapel in George West. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 o’clock this morning (Wednesday) at St. George Catholic Church, with Monsignor John Killeen officiating. Pallbearers were Danny Guerrero, Stephen Guerrero, Ray Munoz, Ismael Guerrero, Meguel Valentin Martinez and Cornelio Munoz. Honorary pallbearers were Carolina Gonzales and Janie Nieto. 
Burial followed in the George West Cemetery. 
Mr. Guerrero was born July 21, 1915, in the La Para community to Angelita (Guzman) and Gonzalo V. Guerrero. He married Guadalupe Hinojosa in 1946 in George West. He had resided in Campbellton before moving to Jourdanton. He was retired from Missouri Pacific Railroad and was a member of the Catholic church. 
Survivors include his wife, Guadalupe H. Guerrero of Jourdanton; three sons, David Guerrero of Pleasanton, Daniel Guerrero of San Antonio and Delfino Guerrero of Lubbock; three daughters, Dominga Cantu of California, Dolores Martinez of Galveston and Senaida Muñoz of Floresville; two sisters, Belen Vela of Houston and Maria Vasquez of Brownsville; 25 grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren. 
Galloway & Sons Funeral Directors, Three Rivers 

Latcham 
Joyce Elaine Atkins Latcham, 77, died at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, in Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville from lung cancer. 
The funeral was held at 4 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Beeville, with the Rev. Gordon Talk officiating. Special music, “The Lord’s Prayer,” was sung by Sue Ellwood, “Ye Shall Be Witnesses,” sung by the church choir, and “Blessed Assurance” and “Hymn of Promise,” sung by the congregation. 
Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dan Ellwood, Clyde Lacy, Bill Moser, Mark Meyer, Richard Martin, Richard Rudeloff, Wilbur Taylor and Wil Galloway. Honorary pallbearers were all employees of the Beeville Publishing Co., Inc., and L.D. Hunter, Dr. John Hester, John Roberts, Bill Dirks, Joe Martinez, Joe Cowen, Jack Hogan and Robert Hollingsworth. 
A native and lifelong resident of Beeville, Mrs. Latcham was born in Beeville on Dec. 25, 1922, to Julia (Schilling) and George Henry Atkins. She was the valedictorian of her 1939 graduating class at A.C. Jones High School. She attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1943, with a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish and a minor in Portuguese. Her sorority was Alpha Phi. 
During World War II, she went to Washington, D.C., where she was employed in the Nelson Rockefeller offices of Inter-American Affairs, translating speeches for the Brazilian consulate to the United States. Later, she was employed in the office of the Brazilian consulate as secretary to Dr. Alfredo Pessoa of Rio de Janeiro. 
She returned to Beeville in 1947 and joined the staff of the family business, the Bee-Picayune, as a general news reporter. She also served temporarily as editor and wrote the popular Buzzin’ Around column for many years, until health problems forced her to discontinue doing so. In addition to writing and editing much of the club news in the family section, she penned the 25 and 50 years ago columns. 
She married Fred C. Latcham Jr. on Oct. 3, 1953, in Beeville, taking breaks from her newspaper duties to care for their sons, Chip and Jeff, after their births. A co-owner and officer of the Beeville Publishing Co., which publishes the Beeville Bee-Picayune and The Progress in Live Oak and McMullen counties, Mrs. Latcham continued to be a presence at the newspaper office until a week before her death. 
She was a life member of the First United Methodist Church, where she held many offices and sang in the choir for many years. She also was active and held offices in numerous civic clubs and organizations, including the Glenwood and St. Joseph’s Cemetery Association, Bee County Public Library, Beeville Concert Association, Rosetta Club, Pan American Round Table, Wednesday Luncheon Club, Birthday Club, Beta Club, life member of the University of Texas Ex-Students Association, Bee County Historical Society and Kirk Bennett-Bee County Unit of the American Cancer Society. 
Survivors include her husband, Fred C. Latcham Jr.; two sons, Frederick Charles “Chip” Latcham III and wife Lisa and George G. “Jeff” Latcham and wife Gina; and five grandchildren, Jake and Georgia Latcham and Lesley, Julie and Eric Latcham, all of Beeville. 
The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or First United Methodist Church. 
Galloway & Sons Funeral Directors 

Lemma 
Schley Dee Lemma, 74, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, in a Corpus Christi hospital. He was born Nov. 14, 1925, in Ranger to Burnice Schley and Monnie Culpepper Lemma. He retired from the Tuloso-Midway ISD in 1989 after 37 years of public education service. He was involved with the Boy Scouts of America and received the group’s highest award for volunteer service, The Silver Beaver. 
He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines as a chief radio officer in World War II. Mr. Lemma was a member of Sunset Masonic Lodge 1388, AF&AM, and a deacon at Gateway Baptist Church. 
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Lemma. 
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Lemma of Corpus Christi; a son, Schley Dee “Sparky” Lemma Jr. of Long Beach, Calif.; three daughters, Cindy Axt of Arbon Valley, Idaho, Robin Sellman of George West and Amy Medina of Belton; and eight grandchildren, Jeremiah Axt, Joni Sharum, Jamie Axt, Hillary Sellman, Nicolas Medina, Eli Medina, Ashlyn Medina and Anderson Chrysostomo. 
The funeral was conducted at 3 o’clock this afternoon (Wednesday) at Gateway Baptist Church, with the Revs. Robert Mitchell and Bob Meadows officiating. Burial followed in Robstown Memorial Park. 
Memorials may be sent to the South Texas Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1210, Beeville, TX 78104. 
Arrangements were under the direction of Sawyer George Funeral Home in Corpus Christi. 

Whitley 
Earl Dee Whitley, 66, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, in Texas City. He was born Oct. 22, 1933, in Kingsville. Mr. Whitley had resided in Santa Fe since 1956. He was a member of the Alta Loma First Baptist Church and had been employed by Mobil Oil for 33 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. 
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Belinda Tuttoilmondo. 
Survivors include his wife, Caroline; his mother, Martha Conn of Three Rivers; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Curtis Crumby of Santa Fe; a brother, Ronnie Conn of Three Rivers; a sister, Betty McCoun of George West; five grandchildren, Lori, Christi, Candice, Keith and Kevin; three great-grandchildren, Katlin, Lindsey and Bryce; and four nieces and nephews, Dee Ann, Sue Zanne, Jimmy and Robbie. 
The funeral was conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Hayes Funeral Home chapel in Santa Fe, with Pastor Alan Splawn and Dr. Jerry I. Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Alta Loma Cemetery.

Connelly 
Shreve Lewis Connelly, 61, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, in Corpus Christi. 
He was born Jan. 6, 1940, to Carmen Ercel (Shults) and Shreve B. Connelly. 
Survivors include a sister, Anita Lucindy Connelly Nicholson of George West and a brother, Benjamin Shreve Connelly of Washington. 
A graveside service and burial were held at 10 a.m. Monday in the George West Cemetery. 
Galloway & Sons Funeral Directors 

Lamprecht 
Mildred Rose Teague Lamprecht, 50, of Jourdanton died Jan. 23, 2001, in San Antonio at Southwest Methodist Hospital. She was born June 16, 1950 in Alice. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Roy Teague. 
She is survived by her husband, Robert Lamprecht, children Sheila Meyer and husband David, Carrie and David Huschke and Donna Teague of Jourdanton and Robert Dale Lamprecht of Arkansas. She is also survived by her mother, Patsy Mach of Eden, and sisters Patsy Teague of Three Rivers, Shirley Escamilla and Kathy Mach, both of Eden, two grandchildren, Brooklynne Meyer and D.J. Huschke and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday). Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, at Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton. Burial will be at the Jourdanton City Cemetery. 

Barrera 
Mary Frances Barrera, 60, died Monday, June 4, 2001, in Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville. 
Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. at the Angelus Funeral Home chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with Father Richard Gonzales officiating. 
Burial followed in the Pettus Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ernest Rodriguez, Domingo Montez, Pablo Garcia, Albert Constante, Alfonso Garza and Juan Constante and her grandsons, Anthony Barrera III, Johnny Ray Barrera, John Rodriguez, Danny Rodriguez Jr., Alfredo Cuellar Jr., Jason Cuellar and Andrew Treviño. 
Mrs. Barrera was born Sept. 26, 1940, in Tuleta to Natividad (Flores) and Jesse Constante. She married Antonio Barrera in August 1957 in Beeville. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1996; a son, Antonio Barrera Jr., in 1986; and a daughter, Christine Barrera, in 1981. 
Survivors include four daughters, Sylvia Cuellar, Lupita Rodriguez and husband Danny, Dorie Barrera, all of Beeville, and Mary Jane Treviño and husband Jerry of Austin; two sons, Johnny Joe Barrera and wife Norma of Beeville and Mark Anthony Barrera and wife Angela of Houston; 21 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four sisters, Lois Montez and husband Sid of Beeville, Carmen Rodriguez and husband Andres of Plainview, Martina Salazar of Corpus Christi and Patsy Galvan of Kingsville; and five brothers, Lupe Constante of Pettus, Juan Carrizales of Beeville, Luis Constante of Robstown, Jesse Constante of San Antonio and Joe Constante of Kingsville. 
Angelus Funeral Home 

Farris 
Arthur Lee Farris, 48, died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at his home in Beeville, following a long battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 10, 1952, in Oak Harbor, Wash., to Arthur and Grace (Wilson) Farris. He had been employed in the oil industry, both in the oil fields and refineries. 
He was preceded in death by his father. 
Survivors include his wife of seven years, Cheryl Haley Farris of George West; two stepsons, Jason and Anthony Tetream, both of Port Heron, Mich.; his mother, Grace Farris of Beeville; a brother, George Farris and wife Libby of Austin; three sisters and their husbands, Debbie and Billy Johnson of Shelbie, Miss., Crystal and Marshall Addcock of Beeville and Stella and Dan Agus of San Diego, Calif.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
A graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the George West Cemetery. The Rev. Bevans Welder will officiate. 

Ruiz 
Silveria “Ama” Reyna De La Garza Ruiz, 88, of George West died at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2001, in Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville. She was born March 26, 1913, on the Clegg Ranch in Live Oak County to Hilario and Guillerma (Reyna) De La Garza. She married Jose G. Ruiz in 1929 and was a homemaker and a lifelong member of St. George Catholic Church. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jose Gonzales Ruiz, in 1977; a son, Santos Ruiz, in 1968; a great-granddaughter, Jennifer Alaniz, in 1996; and a son-in-law, Esteban Alaniz, in 1997. 
Survivors include three daughters, Virginia “Ine” R. (Raul) Garcia of Three Rivers and Delia Ruiz Alaniz and Elodia (Obidio) Chapa, both of George West; three sons, Marcos G. Ruiz of Corpus Christi and Ramon “Chome” Ruiz (Maria) and Rosendo “Chendo” Ruiz (Yolanda), both of George West; 17 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. 
Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. George Catholic Church in George West. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. George Catholic Church, with Monsignor John Killeen and Father Peter Gajda officiating. 
Burial followed in the George West Cemetery. 
Pallbearers were Bobby Alaniz, Wally Garcia, J.D. Ruiz, Mike Ruiz, Robert Ruiz and Billy Chapa. Honorary pallbearers were Steve and Marty Alaniz. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Live Oak County or St. George Catholic Church in George West. 

Tindol 
Edward Tindol, 80, of Beeville died Friday, June 8, 2001, in Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville. 
Visitation was held Sunday at the Galloway & Sons Funeral Chapel. Rosary was recited Sunday at 7 p.m. at the chapel. Mass was celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Father Patrick Donohoe and Monsignor John Killeen officiating. Burial followed at the Gussettville Cemetery in Gussettville. 
Pallbearers were Travis Tindol III, Lance Tindol, Shane Tindol, Jerry Nelson, Paul Domanski and Harold McCown. Honorary pallbearers were Pete Williams, Jack Robinson, Bunky Phillips, Al Tindol, Reagan Tindol, Simeon Lewis, Lonnie Gregorczyk, Sam Besancon and all his nephews. 
Songs sung included “Amazing Grace” and “Old Rugged Cross.” Everett McAulay was the organist. 
Mr. Tindol was born Oct. 27, 1920, in La Para to Freasier and Margaret (Murphy) Tindol. He married Elizabeth Lewis on Feb. 28, 1946, in Gussettville. He was associated with Tindol Distributing Co. and was engaged in ranching. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He served with the U.S. Army and Army Air Corps during World War II. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandchild. 
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth L. Tindol of Beeville; three sons, Travis Tindol and wife Lupita and Gary Tindol and Minnie Gutierrez, all of Beeville, and Ron Tindol and wife Jimmye Lu of Lake Jackson; a daughter-in-law, Evon Tindol; a sister, Louise McCown of Calallen; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Galloway & Sons Funeral Directors, Beeville.

Clayton 
Donald H. Clayton Jr., 66, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, in a Corpus Christi hospital following a short illness. Mr. Clayton was born in Bay City to Donald H. Sr. and Loberta (Sawyer) Clayton. He was a retired salesman of oilfield equipment. 
Survivors include his father, Donald H. Clayton Sr., of Three Rivers; two aunts, Mildred House of Three Rivers and Dorothy Jones of San Antonio; two cousins, Kurt House of San Antonio and Carolyn Bateman of New Braunfels. 
Visitation will be held tomorrow (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Roberson Funeral chapel. The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Three Rivers. Interment will follow at the Simmons City Cemetery. 
Roberson Funeral Home, Three Rivers 

Clemons 
Christine B. Clemons, 74, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, in an Alice hospital following a long illness. She was born in George West on Aug. 18, 1927, and was a longtime resident of Alice. She had previously worked for the Atrium. 
She was preceded in death by her son, Robert “Bobby” Keith Clemons, in 1996. 
Survivors include her husband, E.R. “Pepper” Clemons of Alice; two sons, Dennis R. Clemons of Laredo and Richard Dean Clemons of Georgetown; one daughter, Paula Clemons of Lexington; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Visitation was held Monday at the Roberson Funeral Home chapel in Alice. The funeral was Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the West Main Baptist Church with the Rev. David Parks officiating. 
A graveside service followed at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Colonial Gardens Memorial Park in Victoria. 
Roberson Funeral Home, Alice 

Latham 
Mildred Ann Latham, 66, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002. 
The funeral is being held at 2 o’clock this afternoon (Wednesday) at the Galloway & Sons chapel in George West, with the Rev. Steve Briggs officiating. 
Burial is to follow in the Latham Cemetery in the Anna Rose community in McMullen County. 
Mrs. Latham was born March 30, 1935, in Hargill to Gladys (Smith) and Pete Hunt. She married Floyd C. Latham on July 15, 1952, in Falfurrias. She had resided on the George West Ranch in McMullen County’s Anna Rose community for 16 years. She was a homemaker. 
She was preceded in death by a son, Floyd C. Latham Jr. 
Survivors include her husband, Floyd C. Latham of George West; two sons, David Latham and wife Cindy of Tilden and Ronald Latham and wife Beverly of Sinton; a daughter, Darla Lopez and husband Michael of Spring; a sister, Katy Abbott and husband Shawver of Strawn; two brothers, Henry Hunt and wife Nancy of San Antonio and Nelson Hunt and wife Charlotte of Kermit; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous other relatives. 
Galloway & Sons Funeral Directors, Three Rivers 

Odom 
Gussie A. Odom, 87, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, in a San Antonio hospital following a long illness. She was born in Alvarado to Randall M. and Laura “Coggins” Holbrook. She owned and operated the Modern Beauty Salon for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Three Rivers. 
Survivors include two sons, Randall Odom and Wayne Odom, both of Houston; one daughter, Lou Ann Kyle of San Antonio; two brothers, Carl (Mable) Holbrook and Bill (Mary) Holbrook, both of Leakey; one sister, Ann Rosaly of Portland, Ore.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 
Visitation was held Friday at the Roberson Funeral chapel. The funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Bob Hobbins, was Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Three Rivers. Interment followed in the Three Rivers Cemetery. 
Pallbearers were Jeffrey, Kyle, Kenneth and Clay Odom, Chris and David Kyle and Scot Hutcheson. 
Roberson Funeral Home, Three Rivers 

Taylor 
Mary Frances McGuffin Taylor, 85, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002. She was born Nov. 7, 1916, and lived most of her life in Dinero and Beeville before moving to San Antonio. She worked for the U.S. Post Office here for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in George West and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Beeville. 
Survivors include her daughter, Cindi Taylor Krier and husband Joe of San Antonio; and many nieces and nephews. 
Contributions may be made to St. Philip’s Church or St. Philip’s School in Beeville, the Church of the Good Shepherd or the Barshop Center for Longevity and Aging at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. 
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Philip’s Church. Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery in Beeville. 
Galloway & Sons Funeral Directors, Beeville 

Davis 
Hazel C. Davis, 90, died Saturday, May 25, 2002, in Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville. She was a resident of Live Oak Nursing Center in George West. 
Mrs. Davis was born Nov. 29, 1911, in Anadarko, Caddo County, Okla., to John D. and Emma (Mahaffey) Crabtree. She married Fred Lee Davis on Dec. 12, 1928, in Anadarko. Five children were born to this union. The couple and three of their children moved to George West in November 1945 from California. 
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1976; a son, Aubrey Lee, in 1973; infant daughter, Anita Ruth, in 1934; and infant son, Jerry Fred, in 1952; and a son-in-law, Dooley Doebbler, in 1997. 
Survivors include a daughter, Vivian Doebbler of George West; a son, Frank (Mary Ann) Davis of George West; a daughter-in-law, Alice Davis of Kingsville; eight grandsons; four granddaughters; 10 great-grandsons; eight great-granddaughters; two brothers, Jim Crabtree of Anadarko, Okla., and Hess Crabtree of Wagoner, Okla.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lester and Lotana Davis of George West; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Visitation was held Monday at the Roberson Funeral Home in Three Rivers. 
The funeral was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in George West, with the Rev. Bruce Irving officiating. Burial followed in the George West Cemetery. 
Roberson Funeral Home, Three Rivers 


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