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William ‘Randy’ Randall Austin, age 65, went to be with our Lord on December 1, 2015; he was surrounded by his beloved family. He was born on November 21, 1950, in Kingsville, Texas, to George R. Austin and Katie Osburn. Randy was a hard worker all his life in the oilfield industry. He traveled all over the United States and overseas.
He was a good son, husband, and father. He loved his family and cherished his friends. He was preceded death by his parents and his brother, Harrell Austin.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Brenda Austin, children: Mandy Austin of Mission, Texas, Briana Austin of Dallas, Texas, Whitney Austin of Sedona, Arizona; brothers, Buster (Edith) Austin of Houston, Texas, Danny (Kalynn) Austin of Conroe, Texas, granddaughters: Lauren (Eddie) Tovar, Megan Vasquez, Ashley Garza, Taylor Garza, Francheska Garza; great-granddaughters, London Tovar, Harpor Tovar.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary in Kingsville, Texas.
Graveside services will follow at 11am at Restland Cementary Bishop, Texas.

Harold “Harry” Augusta Ducote Jr. 72, of Indianapolis died November 28, 2015. Born October 1, 1943 in Shreveport, Louisiana, he graduated from I.U. Law School in 1970. Harry practiced law for 45 years in Indiana and California. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Harry’s great joy in life was his family. He was a loyal, proud and passionate supporter of Manchester United. He also enjoyed hockey and was a competitive ballroom dancer for 20 years. Harry is survived by his beloved wife Ellen (McWilliams) Ducote, Mother Inez (Finch) Ducote, children: Harold A. (Kathy) Ducote III, John G. (Nicole) Ducote I, Nicole M. (Tom) Fry, Bryan C. (Heather) Ducote, Natalie (Jeff) Loomis, brothers Stuart Ducote, Bryan Ducote. Proud ‘Papa’ to Harold A. Ducote IV (5), LCPL John G. Ducote II, USMC (19), Emily Ducote (16), Sarah Ducote (15), Elizabeth Ducote (9), Alex Mowrey (22), Allen Fry (16), Aaron Fry (14), Jane Chadwick (17), Mary Chadwick (14), Jack Ducote (10), Sam Ducote (3), Jack Loomis (11), Lucy Loomis (10) and Lincoln Loomis (6) He is preceded in death by his Father, Harold A. Ducote Sr., sister Mary Jane Ducote Peabody. Rosary will be recited at 10:45. A Mass of Christian Burial service will be Friday, December 4 at 11 am, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Indianapolis, Indiana. Following the service the family will be ‘Remembering Harry’ in the gathering room. Please use street parking. Services entrusted to Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary. Condolences may also be offered at http://www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com

Rev. Charlie Parker was born May 5, 1940 and went to see his Lord on October 17, 2015. He took a nap in his favorite recliner and never woke up. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margie Nichols and father, Bonnie Vance Parker; his sister, Paulette Nichols; his first wife and mother of his daughter, Brenda Parker.
He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lois Parker of San Antonio; daughter Cindy Parker Vlisides and husband Bill of Saline Michigan; son Charles Leslie Parker, Jr. of San Antonio; Stepchildren Joshua Downs and wife Elvia of San Antonio; Kim Babineaux and husband Ricky; and Kevin Wright; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren sisters: Sandy Pennington, Debbie Nichols Martinez, Marguerite Shelley Hawkins, and Bonnie Bates; and brother Kenny Parker; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Charlie attended and graduated from Southern Methodist University and Perkins School of Theology. He was an ordained elder in the Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Charlie served at Melvin UMC, Trinity UMC in Brady, Lakeview UMC in San Angelo, Junction UMC/London UMC, First UMC in Raymondville, Palacios UMC, New Fountain UMC. He retired in 2011, served as an interim pastor at Chinese UMC and currently at Oak Meadow UMC in San Antonio.
Charlie served on numerous Emmaus Walks in the Southwest Texas Conference. He also served on many different boards and agencies in the conference. In retirement he went back to his entrepreneurism and started a t-shirt and sublimation business, as he had done in the early 70’s in Corpus Christi, and the late 80’s in San Angelo.
Charlie never met a stranger or failed to be a friend to anyone in need. He was “present” in his own life as he tried to live his faith daily. He was loved by his congregations, especially Oak Meadow UMC where they enjoyed and learned from his sermons. Charlie will be missed many who can only pray to be the kind of witness of God’s love that Charlie was.

Michael Gary Zavesky, 66, of Deer Park, Texas, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015. He was born July 27, 1949, in Cuero, Texas, and grew up in Bishop, Texas. Michael was a retired Houston police officer.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Theresa Zavesky and granddaughter, Audrey Taylor Zavesky.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dolley Zavesky, five daughters: Lynda and Shawn Zak, Diane and Keith Staab, Carolyn and Dowell True, Scherie and Ron Salinas, Marion and Lance Suggs; three sons: Tommy and Tonie Zavesky, Daryl and Amy Zavesky, and Christopher and Jillian Zavesky; thirteen grandchildren: Taylor and Kevin Rainosek, Shawn Zak II, Cody Staab, Aaron Staab, Corbi and Ben Davis, Daniel Simmons Jr., Zakary Salinas, Cristian Salinas, Alexandra Brejnik, Victor Suggs, and Hayes Zavesky; one great-granddaughter, Mallory Sue Davis, one great-grandson on the way, Hudson Rainosek, and one additional grandchild on the way, two sisters, Brenda and Jimmy Plocek, Susan and Billy Kahlich, and one brother, Mark and Linda Zavesky. He also leaves behind brothers and sisters in-law as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Michael and his wife Dolley spent the last ten years traveling Europe. In addition to his many passions including model airplanes and his vast tie collection, he was a master storyteller.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, September 11, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Road, Houston, Texas, 77058
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Mission and Education Fund.

Bob Edward Boswell, age 85, went to be with the Lord on Monday August 3, 2015. He served with the US Army. Bob had farmed most his life in the Bishop area and had retired from the Celanese Plant as a supervisor after 35 years of service. Bob will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Ruby Boswell; one son, Bill David Boswell of Bishop, TX; daughter Sue Anne Bleibdrey (Richard) of Bishop; grandchildren, Krista Nix, of Houston; Kasey Del Moral (Ernie) of Kingsville; great-grandchildren; Shana Mae Del Moral, Tytan Del Moral.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday August 6, 2015 at the Turcotte Piper Mortuary. Funeral Services will held at 10:00 a.m. Friday August 7, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Bishop, with Rev Clif Abshier officiating.
Interment will follow at the Restland Cemetery in Bishop, TX, with military honors.

Lydia Geraldine (Montgomery) Peters, age 76, passed away on July 24, 2015. She was born on September 23, 1939 to Earl and Edith Montgomery in Bishop, Texas. She was raised in Bishop, Texas and graduated from Bishop High School in 1957. She married her husband, Jim, of 41 years on July 3, 1973. After many years of living and working in Corpus Christi, Texas, Jim and Lydia retired to New Braunfels, Texas where they resided until 2014. Lydia was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and was known as “Mom Peters” to many. Lydia enjoyed music, songwriting, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. She will always be remembered for her love of laughter, undying love for her family, friends, kids, and dogs. Her love of Christmas was contagious and her love of music enjoyed by all who heard her sing and play the guitar.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Edith Johnson; husband, Jim Peters; brother, Michael Montgomery; and sister, Peggy Usrey. Lydia is survived by her daughters, Shelley (Rick) Vatzlavick of Dallas, Texas, Janna (Brandon) Roper of Denton, Texas; siblings, James Montgomery of Seguin, Texas, Richard Montgomery of Wimberley, Texas, Tanya Ulsh of New Braunfels, Texas; grandchild, Riley Peters Vatzlavick; numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday July 31, 2015 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel with a Funeral Service to be held at 11:00 a.m. the same morning. Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Lydia Geraldine Peters please visit our Sympathy Store.
Cemetery Details
Seaside Memorial Park
4357 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX, 78412

Wanda Paulk Gillett, age 74, died on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at her home, in the company of family. She was born on October 13, 1940 to Monte W. and Kathleen (Grice) Paulk in Bishop Texas. She was a bookkeeper, working independently. She was an Eastern Star, Emmaus, and a member of the 1st Baptist Church in George West, Texas. She also was a girl scout leader, hospital volunteer, Red Cross volunteer and also in the band boosters.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Joyce Paulk Aguilar Rankin.
Survivors include:
Husband: George C. Gillett, Jr. of Live Oak County, Texas.
1 son: Gary Gillett and Jennifer Keels of Beeville, Texas.
2 daughters: Kathy (John) Redding of Live Oak County, Texas.
Terri (Michael) White of Houston, Texas.
1 brother: Carroll “Bud” (Barbara) Paulk of Raleigh, North Carolina.
2 sisters: Cheryl (Leon) Stolz of Victoria, Texas
Martha (Tom) Franklin of Inez, Texas.
She was blessed with 5 grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews that love and will miss her dearly.
There will be a Memorial Service held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 11 AM at the First Baptist Church in George West, Texas.
In lieu of flowers contributions to any disabled veterans group, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, South Texas Children’s Home or First Baptist Church George West. No visitation scheduled. We’ll be at the church a bit early and the church is providing lunch following the service.
Services entrusted to Roberson Funeral Home, Three Rivers, Texas.

Virginia “Chinna” True Mullens passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in lrving, Texas. She lived a wonderful life for 91 years, and she will be greatly missed by all who experienced her loving, caring, kind, energetic, and unique personality.
Born in the small town of Bishop, Texas on April 18,1924, she was the youngest child of Earnest and Florence True, and was raised in a prosperous farming family with twin sisters, Alene and lrene, and brother, Edwin. She graduated from Texas A&l College in Kingsville, Texas in 1944 and married James Mullens in 1945. After two tours of James’ service as a Naval pilot, they moved from Florida to San Antonio, Texas in 1954 where she taught 1st grade for 15 years, and served as president of the Northeast School District’s Teachers Association for 2 more years. ln that office, she made presentations to Texas State congressional committees on education needs, and also spoke at the Texas State and National Teachers Association conventions. ln 1971 they moved to Austin, Texas and she taught 1st grade there until 1982 when she retired. One of the highlights of James and Chinna’s lives was being able to teach young married adults in Sunday School through their church for many years. She and James were active members of the Baptist Church all their lives. They had an ideal marriage and were excellent examples and role models to the many young married couples they influenced.
Chinna was talented from a young age as a musician and singer, and sang in her church choirs for over thirty years. People regularly noticed that she was not quick to get angry she looked for the good in others, and she always radiated a positive attitude about life even when times were difficult. After her retirement as a teacher, she and James helped operate two successful retail businesses from 1989 to 1998 which were located in various Malls around Texas. ln 1992 before the birth of their youngest granddaughter they moved to lrving, Texas to be close to family. Chinna may have been best known in her extended family for her large Thanksgiving meals for 40 or more people each year; and in her immediate family for her passion for the Christmas Season. She loved decorating and would have about 5 trees decorated in her home – one main tree and one for each grandchild. She had a large collection of Nativity scenes, Santa’s from around the world, a fully-lighted miniature Christmas village, many outside lights, and dozens of seasonal figurines, dolls, and ornaments. She was full of love and generosity and would fill her home with numerous gifts for her family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her dear husband, James, and is survived by her children, James Mullens, Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of Fort Lauderdale, Flordia; Ruth Edmonds and her husband, Jim, of lrving, Texas; grandchildren Kelsey Taylor and her husband, Chris, Cameron Mullens and his wife, Kaitlyn, James Kirk Edmonds and his wife, Laura, and Miss Elizabeth Edmonds as well as seven great grandchildren who all live in the Dallas area. She is also survived by six nieces, six nephews, and many fine great-nieces and nephews.
Her time on earth has created a lasting inspiration and example for her family, friends, and co-workers at every stage of her life, and we are all very thankful that she was a part of our lives.
Funeral service was held Saturday April 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, Colleyville, TX.

John Phillip Gilbreath Sr. was born February 4,1939 in Kingsville, Texas. He was the only child to Elvis Edmond and Lily Lorene (Phillips) Gilbreath. Phil married Fleda Nell McNeill in Weatherford, Texas June 30, 1967. He received a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Southwest Theological Seminary and would go on to both coach and teach at Jacksboro Independent School District for 30 years. Phil was an active member of First Baptist Church in Jacksboro, where he loved ministering to children during the Children’s Sermon. He was also very involved in the Boy Scouts where he was an Eagle Scout, past Scout Master and received the Silver Beaver which is the highest honor that can be given to Boy Scout Volunteer. He passed away Friday, April 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas at the age of 76 years old.
He is survived today by his wife Fleda Gilbreath of Jacksboro,Texas; son, John Gilbreath and wife Samantha of Fort Worth, Texas; daughters, Mary Evelyn Haskell and husband Mike of Weatheford, Texas; Tracy Lowther and husband David of Weatherford, Texas; grandchildren, Kendyll, Tyler and Austin.
A memorial service was held Monday April 6 at First Baptist Church Jacksboro.

Larry A. Graham
The heavens opened and received one of the most precious people in the world. Our loving husband, father, son, cherished family member, and fellow Christian transcended on January 14, 2015. No one will ever be able to take his place.
Larry Allen Graham was born January 1, 1943 in Bishop, Texas to Thurman and Omalie Johnson Graham. Larry was preceded in death by his father, Thurman Graham and his best friend and brother, Thom’ Driver. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Rose Graham; children, Kristi and Jeff Irvin, Marc Graham and his girlfriend Lisa Stover; mother, Omalie Johnson Graham; siblings, Kathy and Lynn Syma, Jimmie Rose Driver, and Jack and Sandra Rose. He is also survived by loving nieces and nephews: Thom, Sally, Ariel, Julia, Robin, and Thommy Driver; Andi, Neal and Haley Kuyatt; Kaitlin and Justin Argo; Abigayle, Steve, Madison and Brooks Barton; Sherry and George Luna; Haiden and Jace Wilson; Stacy, Chris and Colton Bishop; Rusty, JoDee, Sable, Matthew, and Kyle Austin.
As high school sweethearts, they spent 49 years of marriage at each other’s side and always supported each other. Their love was evident in the way they lived their lives. This marriage between these two high school sweethearts was a true blessing that was easily seen by all who knew them. He loved Barb, Kristi, Marc, and Jeff with a completely unconditional love. His absolute joy was his family and his New Hope Church family.
He lived a charmed childhood small-town life in Bishop. Larry and many of his friends were together from first grade through graduation, and continued their friendship until this day. Larry and Barb enjoyed wonderful times at reunions with these beloved friends. As he was the king of the 50s music scene, he would produce CDs for everyone at every reunion. Not only could he name the song and sing the song, but also tell you who sang the song first!
Larry worked for over 30 years in the oilfield chemical business. He worked in many states as well as traveling to foreign countries. He retired from Baker Hughes in 2011. During those years in the oilfield business, Larry earned the respect and friendship of his co-workers wherever he went.
After their retirement, Larry and Barb found great joy in their New Hope Church family. Here they demonstrated God’s plan on how to serve others. They were joyful in serving the Lord through the many church and small group activities. The church’s mission program was very close to Larry’s heart, as was making sure everyone was greeted and welcomed with open arms to New Hope Church!
The service will be conducted by Tim Liston at New Hope Church on January 24, 2015 at 10:00 am, 3640 CR 58, Manvel, TX 77578. Graveside services will be in Bishop, Texas on January 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Restland Cemetery and will be conducted by special friend, Tray Ischy. Donations may be made in Larry’s memory to the New Hope Mission Fund.
The quote “the measure of a man is not how he died, but how he lived” definitely personified the life of Larry Allen Graham. Our family will always know that we were blessed to have Larry in our lives and that he was truly a gift from God.

Lucy Barrier, 98, of Azle passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Azle Manor. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 15, 2014, at Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro with Mr. David Snipes officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro.
Lucy was born January 4, 1916 in the Yates Community of Hill County to Reuben Sylvester and Ella (Grigsby) Keeton. During World War II, she was a welder working on the victory ships in the shipyard at Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Texas Tech University with her Bachelors Degree in education and went on to receive her Masters Degree in Education from Texas A&I in Kingsville. On August 12, 1940, she married G. C. Barrier. He preceded her in death on August 21, 1972. After mainly teaching first grade at Bishop ISD for many years, Lucy became Principal there and retired in 1992. In her leisure time she enjoyed bird watching (especially hummingbirds), reading, and watching golf on tv. She was of the Methodist faith.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; sister, Jeanne Juanette Grimes; and two brothers, Everette Keeton and M. V. Keeton.
Survivors include one brother, R. S. Keeton, Jr. of Monroe, North Carolina; one sisters, Della Rodgers of Azle; seven nieces, Jan Simnacher of Leveland, Billie Easter of Azle, Kay Evans of Mason, Mary Tom Middlebrooks of Chappell Hill, Laura Hutcheson of North Augusta, South Carolina, Linda Keeton of Thomson, Georgia, and Brenda Keeton Farriss of Thomson, Georgia; and three nephews, Ken Rodgers of Richardson, Carl Rodgers of Midland, and Lonnie Keeton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Visitation
Friday August 15, 2014, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro
Graveside Service
Friday August 15, 2014, 11:00 AM at Ridge Park Cemetery

Thomas ‘Tom’ Sanford Kelly, 90, a resident of Baytown, Texas and a former longtime resident of Kingsville and Bishop, Texas passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 in Baytown. Mr. Kelly was born August 15, 1923 in Nueces County, Texas to John Sanford Kelly and Ida Harlan Kelly. He was employed by Champlin Petroleum Company until his retirement. Mr. Kelly was the sexton of Restland Cemetery, Bishop, Texas.
Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Kelly; parents; three brothers, Harlan, Joe and Levi Kelly; and one sister, Louise Setliff.
He is survived by one son, Tommy Kelly of Beeville, Texas; two daughters, Linda Adcox and husband D.B. and Nancy Kelly, both of Baytown; one sister, Mildred Brown of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the First Baptist Church, 311 East Fifth Street, Bishop, Texas with Rev. Clif Abshier officiating.
Memorials may be made to Restland Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 142, Bishop, Texas 78343.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd., Kingsville, Texas.

Alfred (Al) J. Baethge
(November 27, 1952 – July 16, 2014)
Alfred (Al) J. Baethge passed away Wednesday, July 16, at the age of 61.
Al was born November 27, 1952 to Jack Baethge & Mary Paula Blackshear Baethge in Fredericksburg. He married Eunice Arlitt in 1977.
Al is survived by his wife: Eunice Baethge of Fredericksburg; daughter: Carrie Baethge of Fredericksburg; son: Ty Baethge & fiancée Caroline of Ft. Worth; father: Jack Baethge of Doss; siblings: Lynette Gerdes & husband Jim of Bishop; Lorin Baethge of Doss; Ronney Baethge & wife Debbie of Waco; Paul Baethge & wife Ann of Doss, & Kina Storms of Houston.
Al was preceded in death by his mother, Paula Baethge.
Visitation for Al Baethge will be Friday, July 18th, 4-7 PM, in Fredericksburg Funeral Home.
Graveside will be a private family service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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