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Funeral services for Linda Jean Hunt Traylor, 56, of Palacios were held Sept. 27, 2001 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios, followed by interment at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery in Port Lavaca. She died Sept. 24, 2001.

 A native of El Campo, she was born Feb. 13, 1945 to Harold and Mary Jane Payne Hunt. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Pilot Club and the Art Club.

Survivors in addition to her parents, Harold and Norma Hunt, include her daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Glenn Vacek, son and daughter-in-law, Reid and Sandy Whitley; sisters, Judy Rohde and Kelli Huitt; brother, Tommy Hunt; and grandchildren, Whitley and Levi Jacek, and Tate, Jayde and Amesti Whitley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Traylor; and her mother, Mary Jane Payne Hunt.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Support, Inc., P. O. Box 1417, El Campo, Tex. 77437. Arrangements were with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Ramona Q. DeLeon, 72, of LaPorte were held Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001 at the Paul U. Lee-LaPorte Funeral Home, with Father Eric Pitre officiating. She died Oct. 1, 2001 in Houston.

Born Aug. 17, 1929 in Lyford, Texas, to the late Remijio and Maria (Quintero) Quilantan, Mrs. DeLeon was affiliated with the Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Antonio E. DeLeon; children Zenaida Gatica and husband, Mike C. Gatica of Palacios, Emma D. Chavez and husband, Gabriel H. Chavez of LaPorte, Antonio DeLeon III of Deer Park, Herlinda D. Diaz and husband, Randy Diaz of LaPorte, Alberto DeLeon and wife, Doris, of Houston; brothers and sister, Ted, Tony and Mel Quilantan of Lyford, and Petra Rubio of Raymondville; 19 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral services for Fred Ochoa Rendon Sr., 80, of Palacios, were held Sept. 28, 2001 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Burial was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Rendon was born Feb. 1, 1921, in Port Lavaca, to the late Alberto F. Sr. and Porfiria Ocha Rendon. He died Sept. 26, 2001.

He was a retired shrimper and a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Disable American Veterans in Palacios.

He is survived by wife, Anita "Annie" Solis Rendon; daughter, Ophelia Lara of Blessing; son, Eddie T. Rendon of Inez; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by sons, Fred O. Rendon Jr. and Benny Rendon; and his parents.

Funeral services for Kevin Claxton, 19, of Blessing, were held Sept. 26 at the First Baptist Church in Palacios with Rev. Louis Rush and Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Kevin was born Sept. 10, 1982 to Donny Claxton and Ann Jurney Busby. He died Sept. 23, 2001 at his residence.

He was a lifelong resident of Blessing and a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios.

He is survived by his father, Donny Claxton, of Blessing; mother and stepfather, Ann and Ron Busby of Blessing; a brother, James Claxton of Blessing; paternal grandparents Lowell and Mary Sue Claxton of Blessing; maternal grandparents Harvey and JoAnn Jurney of Utopia, Tx.; stepsister Leigh Lee of Palacios; and stepbrother Austin Busby of Blessing.

Pallbearers were Mike Claxton, John David Jurney, Rusty Claxton, Toby Claxton, Scott Jones, Jimmie Rodriguez, Cody Jones and Austin Busby.

Funeral services for Dean F. Merck, 68, of League City, Tex., were held Sept. 25, 2001 in the Friendswood “Friends” Church. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery in Matagorda County. He died Sept. 22, 2001.

Raised in Collegeport, Mr. Merck was a graduate of the University of Houston and worked for the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation as a civil engineer.

Survivors include the wife, Nelda Merck of League City; mother, Dorothy Merck of Bay City; sons and their wives, Mark and Cathy Merck of Collegeport, Russ and Hayes Merck of Cromwell, C.T.; and Galen Merck of Clear Lake; and grandchildren, Danyelle and Matthew Merck.

Jack Rowe Funeral Home, League City, was in charge of arrangements.

Graveside services for Alphon ‘Al’ Willie Hurta, 87, of Midfield, Tx. were held Sept. 21, 2001 at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing with the Rev. Bill Haskell officiating.

Mr. Hurta was born Nov. 28, 1913 in Karnes City, Tx. to the late Frank Joe and Anna Miska Hurta. He died Sept. 19, 2001.

A resident of Midfield since 1923, he was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He served as Matagorda County Pct. 4 Commissioner for 24 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mattie Nora “Totsy’ Guynes Hurta of Midfield; daughter Nancy Gray of Midfield, and one grandchild Shannon Gray.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Helen Louise Hurta; sisters Sophie Roberts, Emma Sedlacek and Albina Bosak; and brothers Edwin E. Hurta, Louise Hurta, and Frank Hurta.

A Memorial Service for Veda C. Dale, 63, of Palacios, was held Sept. 22, 2001 at Grace Episcopal Church in Port Lavaca with Rev. Canon Robert DeWolfe officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing.

 Mrs. Dale was born July 21, 1938 in Dallas, Texas, to James E. and Bernice Chenault. She died Sept. 16, 2001.

Formerly of Houston, she was the former owner and operator of Palacios Sporting Goods until her retirement. Aside from being a businesswoman, she was a civic leader and director of Palacios Chamber of Commerce, director and chairman of Friends of Elder Citizens in Palacios, member of Harmony Club, and a faithful member of Grace Episcopal Church in Port Lavaca.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jim Dale of Palacios; daughter Laurie Ford and husband James of Houston; son Jim Dale of Coppell, Tx.; and five grandchildren, Amber Dale of Palacios, Katie and Kerrie Ford of Houston, Jessica and Mickey Dale of Coppell.

She was preceded in death by parents, by son Kerry Dale in 1988, and brother David Ripple.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 172, Pt. Lavaca, Texas 77979, or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309.

Funeral services for Jose Santiago ‘Jimmy’ Martinez, Sr., 49, of Markham, were held Sept. 19, 2001, at the Artero Memorial Chapels in Port Lavaca with Rev. Richard Alamia officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Martinez was born Oct. 18, 1951 in Mathis, Tx. to Elestio and Aurora Rendon-Martinez. He died Sept. 15, 2001.

He was a light equipment operator for Hunter Welding, Inc. and a Baptist.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Pena Martinez of Markham; a daughter, Valerie Jean Martinez of West Germany; three sons, Philip Ray Martinez and Jose Santiago Martinez, Jr., both of Markham, and David Trevino of Bay City; sisters Irma DeLeon, Olivia Guerra, Janie Ramirez, and Susie Constancio, all of Palacios, Addie Zarate and Melissa Galvez, both of Blessing, and Aurora Cancino of Lake Jackson; a brother, Elestio Martinez, Jr. of Blessing; and a grandson, Jason Molina.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Martinez.

Funeral services for Dorothy Smith, 87, of Huntsville, were held Sept. 13, 2001 at Old Waverly Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dan Alexander officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith retired as a home economics teacher for over 30 years in Palacios.

She is survived by daughter, Renee Stone and husband Robert of New Waverly; son, Jesse Guy Smith III and wife Sherry of Huntsville; grandchildren, Jesse Guy Smith IV, Jessica Stone Starkey and husband Shane, Cody Smith, Corey Smith, Carley Smith, Charlotte Stone, Scott Robert Stone and other loving relatives. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Guy Smith, Jr. 

Pallbearers were Jesse Guy Smith IV, Cody Smith, Corey Smith, Shane Starkey and Scott Stone.

Funeral services for S. T. “Curly” Oglesby, 83, of Palacios were held Monday, Sept. 10, 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church, with the Revs. Andy and Janell Blair officiating. Interment was in Danevang Cemetery at Danevang.

Mr. Oglesby died Friday, Sept. 7, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. He was born Oct. 29, 1917 in Flint, Tx., to the late Nimrod Samuel and Jewel Reed Oglesby. A resident of Palacios since 1939 and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, he married Elnora Peterson in 1941 at Palacios. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Mr. Oglesby started his own business, Oglesby Amusement Co. in 1943. He contributed much of his time by volunteering for the Fire Department, and with projects that benefited the youth of Palacios through providing stables for 4-H. He helped start a Little League organization, and spent many hours dedicated to the construction of the Recreation Center. In 1963, head coach Tony Carr named Curly an honorary letterman for attending every one of his son’s Shark football practices.

Survivors include the wife, Elnora; son, Terry Oglesby, daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Bobby Hooker, all of Palacios; one brother, James Ross Oglesby of Bay City; three grandsons, Tracy Perkins of San Antonio, Dax Oglesby and wife, Amy Elizabeth, of Austin, and Trent Oglesby and wife, Amy Elizabeth, of The Woodlands; one great-granddaughter, Madeline Gail Oglesby of Austin; numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were his nephews: Larry, Gerald and Paul Taylor, Michael and Bill Glaros, Brent, Jim and Donald Petersen, and Tommy Michaelson.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Landscaping Fund, or to the Danevang Lutheran Church.

A rosary for Roque Castillo Chacon, 20, of Palacios, will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 at St. Anthony’s De Padua Catholic Church in Palacios. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m.

Burial will be at Cemeterio El Carmen Tequexquitla in El Carmen Tequexquitla, Mexico.

Mr. Chacon was born Dec. 22, 1980 in El Camen Tequexquitla, Tlaxcala, Mexico to Djose Manuel Castillo Ramirez and Dominga Chacon. He died Sept. 2, 2001. He was a commerical shrimper at WW Dock in Palacios and was a Catholic.

He is survived by his parents; and sisters Isabel Castillo Chacon and Adrianna Castillo Chacon, both of El Carmen Tequexquitla, Mexico.

Funeral services for Ella Tucker Neuman, 81, of Midfield, were held September 1, 2001 at the Palacios Funeral Home. Interment was in Midfield Cemetery.

Mrs. Neuman was born March 28, 1920 in Edna to the late Augusta C. and Connie Keith Darnell. She died August 29, 2001.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve J. Neuman in 1979 and daughter, Wanda N. Rickaway in 1985. Mrs. Neuman is survived by sons, Bobby Neuman of Port Lavaca, George Neuman of Blessing, Tommy Neuman of Lolita and Johnny Neuman of Dallas; sister, Myrtle Morrison of Oklahoma City, OK; son-in-law, Frank E. Rickaway of Blessing; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Mrs. Neuman’s grandsons, Randy Rickaway and Chad Huddleston of Blessing, Allen Neuman of Gonzales, Kyle Neuman of Victoria and Bryan and Chris Neuman of Edna, served as pallbearers.

Funeral services for Olga Darlene Sawyer, 82, were held August 23, 2001 at the Chapel of Crowder Funeral Home in Clear Lake. Interment was in the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

Mrs. Sawyer was born February 1, 1919 in Broaddus, Texas to the late Skillern and Lydia Bell. She died August 21, 2001.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 39 years, James A. Sawyer, an infant son, brothers, Littleton and Early Harvey and a sister, Veralene Harvey. She is survived by daughters, Glynis Sawyer of Houston, Marilyn Livingston and husband Joseph of Anna, Texas; son, Deril Oliver and wife Ginger of Texas City; sisters, Beaulah Carrick and Marcelene Mull; brother, Ramon Harvey of Palacios; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Craig Fisher, Randy Livingston, Ronnie Oliver, Keith Oliver, Sr., Keith Oliver, Jr., and Deril Wayne Oliver served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Christopher Oliver, Mark Sees, Brent Jeffries, David Baker and Gary Sawyer.
Memorials may be made to the Texas Heart Institute.

Funeral services for Frank A. Gayle, 93, of Markham, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with Revs. Andy and Janell Blair officiating. The family will have a private burial.

Mr. Gayle was born July 18, 1908 in Crockett, Tx. to Franklin A. Gayle and Essie Leathers Gayle. He died Aug. 26, 2001.

He is survived by his loving wife, Minnie G. “Tootsie” Gayle of Markham; sisters Essie Richey and Regina Burford, both of Houston; brother W. F. “Billy” Gayle of DeSoto, Tx.; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special friends Charles Parr of Markham, John c. Sardelich of Palacios, and Johnny Henderson and Doug Gayle of LaWard, Tx.

Mr. Gayle was instrumental in forming the Texas Gas Association and was recognized for his substantial and enduring contribution to the natural gas industry in Texas. He was presented a Life Member Award by the Texas Gas Association on June 26, 1985. He owned and operated the Markham Gas Corp. from 1966 until his retirement in 1986. Through his generosity, many young people received college educations and vocational training. Mr. Gayle was especially concerned for the elderly and less fortunate and through his loving generosity helped many without them ever knowing.

Mr. Gayle will surely be missed by all that knew and loved him. Men like Frank Gayle are what other men should strive to be with examples that he practiced with faith in his God and love of family and friends.

Funeral arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

Funeral services for Mattie Dee Whitley Hebert, 69, of Palacios, were held Aug. 27, 2001 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing with Rev. Gary Janak officiating. Interment was at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Hebert was born Jan. 20, 1912 in El Campo, Tx. to the late Lidge Dee and Beulah Mae Lynch Whitley. She died Aug. 24, 2000.

A former longtime resident of Markham, she was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Barbara Junek of Palacios, and Joy and David King of Houston; two sons and daughters-in-law, A. J. and Pat Hebert of Palacios, Shelton and Janie Hebert of Victoria; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, A. J. Hebert; sisters Verlie Mae Steinmeyer and Lavada Etta Shivers; and a brother, Ross Whitley.

Pallbearers were her grandsons Larry and Bruce Junek, Philip, Charles and Steven King, and Nathan Demicelli. Honorary pallbearers were the remaining grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Building Fund. Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home.

A Rosary for Rosalie N. Garza, 60, formerly of Palacios, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Palacios with Rev. James Nischan officiating. Interment will be at Palacios Cemetery.

 Mrs. Garza was born Nov. 12, 1940 in Charco, Tx. to the late Andres and Maria Nevarez Garza. She died Aug. 20, 2001.

She had been a resident of Houston for the past 31 years.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Ricardo Rojas of Pearland, Tx.; a son, Michael Garza of Houston; sisters Genoveva Estrello and Angie Samora of Palacios, Rebecca Garza, Lucy Sanchez and Teresa Avalos of Houston; brothers Cesario Garza of Freeport, Andres Garza, Jr. of Port Lavaca, and Albert Garza of Sugarland; grandchildren Alex and Ricky Rojas, and Sandy, Michael, and Priscilla Garza of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters Evangelina Garcia and Yolanda Rodriguez.

Pallbearers are Gary, Andy and Larry Garza, Kenny and David Sanchez, Darryl Gallardo and Mario Rodriguez.

“If tears could bring you back....I would cry a stairway to heaven.”

Funeral services for Luisa Amaro Villarreal, 77, of Palacios, were held Aug. 10, 2001 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Houston. Interment was at Forrest Park-Lawndales Cemetery in Houston.

Mrs. Villarreal passed away on Aug, 7, 2001.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Arnulfo Castillo Villarreal; daughters Mary Villarreal- Elizondo and Eva De Leon both of Houston; sons Robert Juarez of Baytown, and Ancelmo Juarez, Jr. of Louisiana; sisters Josephine Brionez, Lenora Sosa, Antonia Ramirez and Ester Martinez all of Houston; brother Carlos Uresti of Houston; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for C.C. “Bub” Lawson Jr., 85, of Palacios, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charlie Parker officiating. Interment will be at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Lawson was born Sept. 4, 1915, in Floresville, to the late Grover Gem Sr. and Esma C. Lawson. He died Aug. 9, 2001.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in WWII. He owned and operated Radio and T.V. Repair Shop.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Frances Lawson of Palacios; niece, Helen Lawson of Bay City; and nephew, Carl R. Lawson of San Antonio.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Amy Lawson; parents; and brother, Henry J. Lawson.

Funeral services for Octavio Asocar Alamia, 78, of Palacios, were held Friday, Aug. 10, 2001 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Dwomoh officiating. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Alamia was born Oct. 16, 1922, in Gulf, to the late Julio and Marguerita Asocar Alamia. He died Aug. 7, 2001.

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by hiswife, Lorenza Morales Alamia; daughters Estella Alamia and Alfa Flores, both of Palacios, and Amparo Brangan of San Antonio; stepdaughters Mary Duran of Palacios and Isabel Garcia of San Antonio; stepsons Jesse Alvarez and Tony Alvarez, both of Palacios; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ellen Hebert and Didia Morales; and brothers, Gantran Alamia and Arthur Alamia.

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