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1961 (class of)
September 25, 1942 – May 24, 2020
Early this morning we lost a wonderful lifelong friend; Don Haygood peacefully passed away around 1:00 a.m. For about 20 years Don has suffered from kidney disease and knew he would eventually have to deal with the possibility of complete kidney failure. He has suffered from End Stage Renal Disease for the last 8 or 9 months and attempted dialysis for a total of about 3 months; the process was mentally and physically overwhelming. He chose to discontinue dialysis for a peaceful end.
Don was always our “go to guy” for the answers. He was always helpful with any kind of information you might want to know, but more than that he was a very caring person and will be deeply missed by his family, me and my family, and many friends.
Two years ago, Don retired after 50 years of service as a Pharmacist in various Texas Pharmacies. A job at Doctors Regional brought him to Corpus Christi where he has made his home for the last 25 years. He loved living in Corpus Christ for all the fishing opportunities this area offered.
Don did not want a funeral service or published obituary, but only wanted a nondescript gathering so his ashes could be scattered on waterways that he fished. At some point in the future there will be a memorial gathering for him.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Bea Haygood and brother, Tommy Haygood. Don is survived by his son Jay Haygood, granddaughter Averi; his son Jon, daughter in law Tamara, grandsons Cooper and Cade.
Please know that Don was very proud of his friendships with his BHS classmates and loved to tell stories of the fun times with these lifelong friends.

Phyllis Arnold, 68 of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at her home. She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on April 19, 1952. She graduated from Bishop High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&I University. Phyllis was the owner of a dog grooming and pet sitting business. She had a passion for dog training, dog shows and ballroom dancing.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Austin Arnold and her mother, Dorothy Mae Arnold. She is survived by her brother, Phillip Allen Arnold, sister-in-law, Susan Arnold; nieces, Angela Johnson and Allison Oliver; two grand nieces, Avery and Ashton Oliver; two grand nephews, Alexander and Evan Johnson.
A family service was held Wednesday the 29th to lay her to rest. A celebration of life will take place at a later date and more will be shared as we determine an appropriate time.

1939 (oldest living Badger at time of death)
Omalie Johnson Graham, age 97, of Kerrville, Texas went to be with our Lord and Savior on March 27, 2020. Omalie was born on April 19, 1922 in Bishop, Texas to Henry Lee Johnson and Jessie May McKinzey Johnson. Omalie was married to Thurman Graham on March 28, 1942. Omalie was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Jessie Johnson; her brothers, Henry W. and Leavell; her sister, Leola Rhea; her husband, Thurman; and her son, Larry. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Syma (Lynn); her daughter-in-law, Barbara Graham; her grandchildren, Kristi Irvin (Jeff), Rusty Austin (JoDee), Marc Graham, Stacy Bishop (Chris), Terry Roberts, Russell Syma (Jessica), and Gale Syma; great grandchildren, Sable Austin, Colton Bishop, Matthew Lamprecht, Kyle Lamprecht, Thomas Roberts, Sydney Roberts, Sailor Syma, Waylon Syma, and Hailey Syma; nieces and nephews; and her dear friends, JoAnn Ginther and Sally Saul. She loved gardening, reading her Bible, playing the piano, and spending time with her family. We especially want to thank the staff of Hilltop Village for their care and kindness and the staff of Peterson Hospice for their care, both of Kerrville, Texas. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Bishop, Texas due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

1944 (?)
Harvey McCoy of San Antonio, formerly of Bishop, Texas, departed this life on March 7, 2020 at the age of 94 years and one month in San Antonio, Texas. He was born and raised in Bishop, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer & Zula McCoy, brothers, Elmer McCoy, Jr. and J.W. McCoy, grandchildren, Mason McCoy and Matthew McCoy and daughter-in-law, Dawn McCoy. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elaine McCoy, daughter, Sandra (Stephen) Ramsower, son, James McCoy and daughter, Karen (Keith) Pyron. He is also survived by grandchildren, Jason Ramsower, Rachel Ramsower, Morgan McCoy, McKenna McCoy, Taylor Pyron and Justin Pyron.
Harvey was a life-long member of the First United Methodist church in Bishop. He was a member of the Bishop Masonic Lodge where he served as Worship Master in 1961. He was also a 33 degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Harvey loved airplanes and flight. His greatest disappointment was not being able to join the Air Force due to color blindness. He did however become a private pilot later. He was a member of the Confederate Air Force and loved helping with the air shows they participated in.
While attending Texas Military Institute (TMI) in San Antonio, he joined the Marines. Harvey served in the South Pacific, Guam and Iwo Jima during World War II. Harvey was witness to the historical “raising of the flag” in Iwo Jima. Upon returning from his service, he attended Texas A&I in Kingsville, Texas and graduated in 1950. Along the way he acquired his private pilot’s license and flew many different small aircraft as a hobby throughout his life. He was an out-door’s-man who loved farming, hunting and fishing and traveling with his family.
A graveside service for Harvey will be held on May 23, 2020 at Restland Memory Park at 2:00 p.m. in Bishop, Texas.
All memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.

Our beloved mother, Dora Gerdes Menn, of Lockhart, passed away in her sleep on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the age of 101.
Dora was born on April 24, 1918 in Kingsville, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Hugo Menn, her parents, Otto and Alma Gerdes, and 3 brothers. Dora is survived by her sons Albert Menn (Irene) of Seguin, Texas, Eugene Menn (Rama) of Montgomery, Texas and her daughter Diana Menn of Lockhart, her five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Dora’s funeral was held Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:10 AM, at Ebenezer Church in Maxwell, Texas. Interment followed at Memorial Gardens in Robstown, Texas at 3:00 PM.
In keeping with Dora’s wishes, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends make a donation in Dora’s honor to Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Maxwell, Texas.
Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy funeral home 105 E. Pecan St. Lockhart, Texas 78644 (
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1963 (GED)
Martha Ann Sutton Robinson passed away at her home in Lockhart Texas, on November 14, 2019 with her husband and eldest son by her side. She was born in Beeville Texas on January 14, 1945 and was the only child of Russell Warren and Emma Louise Sutton (both deceased). She is survived by her husband of 57 ½ years, Roxy Robinson.
Martha was raised in Pettus, Texas, until the last couple of months of her 7th grade. The family moved to Bishop, Texas due to an employment change. She met her future husband during her Sophomore year and they married the day after school was out her Junior year. When she decided she was through having children and her children were all in school, in Bay City, Texas, she received her GED, and then went to school and earned her LVN license. She worked in hospitals, doctors offices, but most of all in nursing homes. As hard as this job was, she loved it.
She had another passion in her life and that was youth baseball. While involved with Little League Baseball in Bay City, she and Roxy participated in three workshops at the Southwest Region Center in Waco: administration, umpiring and scorekeeping. She will be remembered as an excellent scorekeeper and manager of concessions. Martha also made it a point to know more about umpiring than the umpires she worked with, which sometimes lead to arguments, most of which she won.
Martha and Roxy spent their early “empty nest” years in Virginia. They spent many weekends traveling the state to explore early American history. Five years later, after taking an early retirement package, they became full time RVer’s, and broadened their explorations. They made their home base in Lockhart, Texas, and over the next several years they spent 6-8 months doing research on Martha’s maiden name – Sutton. During that research Martha stood on property in northeast Alabama that once belonged to her ancestors. This was when she really became interested in her ancestors and they followed them from Alabama to Tennessee to Texas to Oklahoma and finally, back to Texas, where she was born.
Martha is survived by her three children and their spouses: Dinna Tolley and husband, Andy Tolley; Russell Robinson and wife, Dana Robinson; and Jason Robinson and wife, Tracey Robinson. Her 11 grandchildren: Sandi Davis and spouse, Stephen Davis; Kandy Schulze and spouse, Jason Schulze; Drew Tolley and spouse, Jackie; Travis Tolley, Tyler Tolley and spouse, Ashley; Kelly Robinson, Eric Robinson, Nikki Robinson, Jase Robinson, Jacob Robinson, and Jordyn Robinson. Her 9 great-grandchildren are Mae Davis, Bowen Davis, Sutton Schulze, Emma Schulze, Andy Schulze, Lawson Schulze, Sawyer Schulze, Warren Tolley, and Will Tolley.
Friends may call on the family from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, Sunday, November 17th at the Thomason Funeral Home in Lockhart, TX. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, November 18th at the Thomason Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park in New Braunfels, TX. For more information and to sign the online guest registry, visit (512) 398-2300.
If you would like to make a donation of any kind in Martha’s name, please donate to the COPD Foundation.

The world lost an absolutely amazing Christian man on Saturday morning and heaven gained an angel. My grandpa Billy Amsden went to be with the Lord peacefully and surrounded with love on September 21st. It would take me all day to type out all the amazing things I could say about him, but my favorite memories are going to the oil leases with him as a kid keeping an eye out for all the “corn monsters” and gauging the Wells. He was a tough man, with such a big soft heart, he loved his family more than anything and I seriously would not be where I am today, literally speaking, if it weren’t for him. He is now up there hanging with the two loves of his life Grandma Gail and LouNell! He knew Jesus and heaven is a beautiful place so I know he is happy and watching over us all! Yes, I did go to the races on Saturday, Grandpa used to race motorcycles so he knows the passion for the sport, it was in his blood as well so I know that is where he wanted me to be and it was a great night! Grandpa, I love you more than words can say, and as my sister reminded me, this is NOT goodbye, this is see ya later because I WILL see him again one day in Heaven!
Billy Amsden left this world with his sunglasses on, cracking jokes, and impatiently waiting for his journey to Heaven.
Born to William and Thelma Amsden on June 4, 1934 in Refugio TX, he was the middle of 5 children. Billy graduated from Bishop High School in 1951. After attending Texas A&I University in Kingsville, he joined the United States Army where he was a mechanic. During his time in the Army, he met Gail Sutton and they were married May 21, 1958. During their 42 years of marriage they had two children, Celeste and Debra and created many memories on their camping trips in the Ozarks.
As a profession, Billy was a diesel mechanic for many years. After retiring, he followed his father’s footsteps, returning to South Texas where he worked in the oil field as an oil gauger.
After Gail’s passing, Billy attended his high school reunion where he was reacquainted with LouNell Autery. Billy and LouNell proved that finding love again was possible and they were married on January 19, 2004. Through their marriage, Billy gained four more children, Bruce, Debbie, Pam, and Clay – and their two families became one. Billy and LouNell spent much time traveling the United States, with travel trailer in tow, until LouNell’s death in November 2009.
Billy was witty, loved nature, and could fix anything with a motor. He was happiest being on the road seeing God’s creation or planning his next trip. He was an honest man who respected the military and law enforcement. He never spoke an unkind word about anyone, unless they were a politician. He loved his country and showed us that hard work would fix any problem. But above all, he had an unconditional love for his family. He showed those who knew him what it meant to be a provider, an attentive husband, and a dedicated father.
Billy is preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald Amsden, true loves Gail Sutton Amsden and LouNell Autery Amsden, son Bruce Woodall, and his faithful companion “Ladybug.”
Billy is survived by sisters Betty Bull, Edith (Paul) Larson, brother David (Margaret) Amsden, children Celeste (Neal) Achterhof, Debra (Tandy) Reed, Debbie (Walt) Krause, Pam (Brett) Krause, Clay (Renee) Autery, MaryKay Woodall, 24 grandchildren including spouses, 9 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (to be confirmed Monday afternoon) – Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Zoeller Funeral Home, 615 Landa St in New Braunfels. Services for Billy will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Zoeller Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Becknal officiating.
Burial will follow at Hill Country Memorial Gardens 11700 TX-46 in New Braunfels.
The family would like to thank the ICU nurses at Northeast Baptist Hospital and Kindred Inpatient Hospice in San Antonio for their care and love they showed Billy and his family during the darkest of days. Our heartfelt thanks also goes out to Cranes Mill Baptist Church where Billy attended for the last 15 years. Their love and friendship meant the world to him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Cranes Mill Baptist Church, 10215 FM 2673, Canyon Lake TX 78133.
Billy fought the good fight, he won the race, and kept the faith….

Don J. Miller passed away suddenly at his home in New Braunfels, Texas on Thursday, September 19, 2019. He was born September 28, 1934 in Bishop, Texas where he lived most of his life. Don graduated from Texas A&I University in 1957 where he was a member of ROTC and was proud to be a part of Kings Rifles. He married Judy Skipping in 1956 and they lived in New Jersey and Arizona while Don served in the U.S. Army. They returned to Bishop in 1959 to join his father and brother at the family farm. Don served his community as a long-time member of the Bishop School Board. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church, Bishop Lions Club, and served on numerous agricultural communities. In 1980, Don became the Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency of Kleberg and Kennedy Counties. Don is survived by his wife of 62 years, Judy Miller, brother Dwain Miller, sister-in-law Selinda Miller, son Kent Miller, daughter Jill Wuest, and son-in-law Gary Wuest. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Jacob Wuest, Vance Miller, Lark Davis, Hannah Matlock, Jack Miller, and one great-grandson, Hank Davis. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at New Braunfels First United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

1945 (Teacher)
Leon Henry Bertram, 91, of Shiner, Texas, passed from his earthly life on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Stevens Nursing & Rehab in Hallettsville, Texas.
Leon was born in Bishop, Texas on January 21, 1928 in Bishop, Texas. He was the son of Edwin and Bertha (Startz) Bertram. He attended Bishop ISD in Bishop, Texas where he graduated in 1945. Leon attended college for 3 years before joining the US Army. He served in the Korean Combat Zone as Counter Intelligence Personnel. He earned the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Army Occupation Medal (Japan), and the UN Service Medal. After he returned home, Leon finished his education, earning his Bachelors Degree in 1954 in History and Government, and a Masters Degree in 1955 in Education from Texas A&I in Kingsville, Texas. Leon Married Sylvia Trojcak on August 8, 1954 at Saint John Lutheran Church in Bishop, Texas. Leon was a teacher and administrator in the Corpus Christi, Texas and Bishop, Texas School Systems for 35 years. He also owned a farm for 30 years in Bishop, Texas. He was a member of the Texas State Teachers Association, The Texas Classroom Teachers Association, The Texas Secondary School Principals Association, Texas Retired Teachers Association, The German-Texan Heritage Society, and The Texas Farm Bureau. Leon was the “voice of the Bishop Badgers” in Bishop, Texas on Friday nights for many years. Leon was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Yoakum, Texas. He was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Kerrville, Texas, and Saint John Lutheran Church in Bishop, Texas where he was baptized and confirmed. He served many terms in both churches as President, Council Secretary, and Sunday School Superintendent. He was a Sunday School Teacher for 30 years. Leon liked to go fishing, bird hunting and gardening. He liked to travel and learn about history, play dominoes “84”. Leon was a collector of many different items.
Leon is survived by his loving wife of 65 years; Sylvia Bertram, two sons; Dwight Bertram and his wife, Linda of Pflugerville, Texas, John Bertram of Shiner, Texas, one daughter; Amy Thornberry and her husband, John of Riviera, Texas, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one sister; Dolores Leifeste of New Braunfels, Texas, two Brothers-in-law; S.A. Trojcak of Missouri City, Texas, Owen Miller of Southlake, Texas, one sister-in-law; Carole Trojcak of Missouri, Texas, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; Edwin and Bertha Bertram, one sister; Jeanette Miller.
Pallbearers for Mr. Bertram will be; Steve Miller, Howard Miller, Mark Leifeste, Ken Trojcak, Matthew Bertram, and John Thornberry. Honorary Pallbearers will be; Cole Patchell and Billy Fedorko.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Yoakum, Texas with Reverend Alsen Wenzel officiating. Interment will follow at Shiner City Cemetery in Shiner, Texas. A Visitation and Luncheon will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm prior to the funeral. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Buffington Funeral Home
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On the evening of July 18th 2019, Janie Delice Eisenhauer at the age of 67 passed away peacefully at the side of her family. Delice was born to Andrew Benson and Annette Milam July 5th, 1952 in Bishop, Texas. Delice resided in Bishop, Texas throughout her school year days and was a graduate of Bishop High School. Delice had a kind heart. She loved spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed attending the family reunions on both sides of the family. She actively enjoyed interacting with friends and family on Facebook. She was known for her good sense of humor and her contagious laughter. Delice was preceded in death by her father Andrew, her mother Annette and her bother Andrew Jr. She is survived by her children Andrew Russell Ellis, Johnathan Shane Eisenhauer, Codie Nathaniel Eisenhauer, her sister Cynthia Ann Yarborough, her brother Richard Grant Milam, grandchildren Corinne Ellis, Hailey Eisenhauer, Hayden Eisenhauer, Brielle Eisenhauer, Emersyn Eisenhauer and four nieces Amy Marshall, Jennifer Henderson, Chelsie Crow and Holly Plumb and one nephew Richard Grand Milam II. Viewing will be held from 6pm-8pm at the Davis-Morris funeral Home on Monday, July 22 in Brownwood, Texas. The funeral service will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood, Texas.
She is survived by her children Andrew Russell Ellis, Johnathan Shane Eisenhauer, Codie Nathaniel Eisenhauer, her sister Cynthia Ann Yarborough, her brother Richard Grant Milam, grandchildren Corinne Ellis, Hailey Eisenhauer, Hayden Eisenhauer, Brielle Eisenhauer, Emersyn Eisenhauer and four nieces Amy Marshall, Jennifer Henderson, Chelsie Crow and Holly Plumb and one nephew Richard Grand Milam II.
Delice was preceded in death by her father Andrew, her mother Annette and her bother Andrew Jr.
Andrew Russell Ellis, Active Pallbearer
Johnathan Shane Eisenhauer, Active Pallbearer
Codie Nathaniel Eisenhauer, Active Pallbearer
Steve Milam, Active Pallbearer
Robert Milam, Active Pallbearer
Brad Barnes, Active Pallbearer

Kathryn A. Stevens, 84, of New Braunfels, TX, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the Eden Hill Communities. She was born to Hans Schmidt and Martha Rosse Schmidt in Bishop, Texas. Kathryn married Donald K. Stevens in 1954 and together they lived in several places in Texas. Wherever Kathryn lived she was always active in her church and community. In New Braunfels she participated extensively and volunteered many hours to the SOS food bank and was a faithful member at St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her loving husband, Donald K. Stevens; son, Kevin Stevens; daughters, Dana Sammons, Kelly Holtman and husband John, and Carol Stevens; son, John Stevens and wife Meghan; sister, Elsie Domel; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews who she adored. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Carl Schmidt.
A Funeral Service was held Friday, July 5, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with burial in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Chaplin Sarah Currie, Amy, and the Hope Hospice staff for their loving care and prayers.
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Cheryl Lynn Schroeder, age 72, passed away on Saturday July 6, 2019 following and extended illness. She was born on December 10, 1946 to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Denton in Kingsville Texas. She was a homemaker and raised her loving family. She loved gardening and working in her yard and sharing all the time she could with her grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents Claude and Twig Denton.
Husband: Otto Schroeder of Calliham.
Her children Lisa Duke Wix of Brenham; and Lori (Don) Reilly of Houston.
Her siblings Caroline Denton of Bryan and Steve Denton also of Bryan.
Her granddaughter Courtney Stowe of Katy; her grandson Conner Wix of Brenham along with her great grandchildren Laila and Trenton of Katy. Also her niece and nephew, along with cousins and dear friends that love her and will miss her dearly.
Visitation and Service will be Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Three Rivers. Funeral Service will begin at 11 AM. Burial to follow at the Schroeder Family Ranch Cemetery in McMullen County at 2 PM. Pallbearers will be Kevin Hendricks, Eric Garcia, Conner Wix, Phil Johnson, Pauly Espinosa, Rocky Aguilar. Honorary Pallbears are Victor Roscoe, Gary Miller, Ricky Gunter and Don Reilly.
Services entrusted to Roberson Funeral Home, Three Rivers.
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Katherine Helen Bolland, age 97, passed away on June 17, 2019 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was born on January 20, 1922 in Bishop, Texas to John Henry and Sophie Elling Bolland.
Katherine’s teaching career began in 1948 at St. Paul Bishop on an emergency basis as a substitute teacher and after completing several summers at Concordia Teachers College Seward Nebraska she continued at St. Matthews Lutheran School in Houston, Tx from 1950-1953. In 1953 she entered Concordia teacher’s college in Seward Nebraska full time and received her Bachelor of Science in Education. She then taught at Concordia Lutheran School in San Antonio from 1955-1962. In 1962 she accepted a call to Trinity Lutheran School in Wahiawa, Hawaii. In 1966 she went to Zion Lutheran in Dallas, Tx where she taught for 20 years, and was designated teacher Emeritus. Katherine’s hobbies included traveling, sewing reading, and cooking.
She is preceded in death by both her parents.
Katherine is survived by her brother, Ernest Bolland, nieces and nephews, Nancy McLellan (David), Judy Kunkel (Robert), Douglas Bolland (Sheri), 3 grandnieces, 2 grandnephews, 3 great-grandnieces, and 2 great-grandnephews.
Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bishop, Texas with a funeral service to begin at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Matthew Ulmer officiating. Interment will follow at Concordia Cemetery.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd. Kingsville, Texas 78363.

Peggy Ann Deviney, 75, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. Peggy was born June 17, 1943 in Kingsville, Texas to Virginia Wyatt and Maurice Campbell. Peggy loved teaching and taught for over 40 years. Mrs. “D” taught at George West High School for 33 years in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her children, Charla Davies, Darren Deviney (Eunice), and Dainon Deviney; grandson, Connor Davies; sister, Linda Sue Campbell; and brothers, Jimmy and Kenny Campbell.
12:00 PM
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San Antonio, TX 78232
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James Adair will officiate. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to George West Education Foundation.

Louise Mohn Brown (96) of Columbus, North Carolina passed away after a short illness on Saturday, May 25, 2019.
Louise was born on January 23, 1923, to the late Walter and Edna Rosing. Louise grew up in Washington, Pennsylvania and graduated from Trinity High School. She married Norman C. (Pete) Mohn on June 22, 1940. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Kingsville, Texas where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Texas College of Arts and Industries. Pete and Louise were married for 37 years until his death in September, 1977. Louise was married to her second husband, Dale Brown in July, 1994. Dale passed away on January 4, 2018. He and Louise moved to Columbus, North Carolina in 1999 then to Tryon Estates in 2005. Louise’s teaching career spanned the whole realm of education from preschool through the college level. She loved all of her students and had a way of empowering them making them feel worthy and special. She taught in Bishop, San Antonio, Arlington, and Ft. Worth, Texas. Many of her students still kept in touch with her until her death. After Louise retired from teaching she enjoyed traveling, both in the United States visiting her children and
grandchildren and also abroad. She had a special relationship with all of the staff and her many friends at Tryon Estates and still enjoyed using her skills mentoring the young staff members.
Louise was a lady of grace and poise and very loved by all of her family members. She had special relationships with each of them as an individual and looked forward to visits. She tried her best to do what each individual enjoyed, baking oodles of cookies and her special, black bottom pie, and she knit dozens of slippers for every size foot there was. She had a love for gardening and growing plants, and her yard always looked perfectly manicured. She was truly a special lady of many talents.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Theodore Rosing, and sister,Beatrice Carmichael, her first husband, Norman and her second husband, Dale; She is survived by her daughter, Sue Theis (David), Boerne, Texas, and sons Carroll Mohn (Susie), Mill Springs, North Carolina, and Walter Mohn (Tracey), North Canton, Ohio; seven granddaughters, Terie Theis, Alissa Buus (Eric), Kara Tobaben (Jim), Amy Young (Russell), Callie Kovalov (Mike), Kristin Haid (Bill), and Lindsay Pohlmann (Eric); and ten great grandchildren: Will Tobaben, Elizabeth Tobaben, Seth Buus, Benjamin Buus, Hannah Young, Hurst Young, Julia Kovalov, Michael Kovalov, Brenden Haid, and Allison Haid.
The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

Garland Dale Harrison 87, of Clareville Community, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Mr. Harrison was born on September 25, 1931 in Duval County to Inez Lee and William Morris Harrison.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Josephine Redding and Helen Stautzenberger; and two brothers, William and Morris Harrison.
After graduating from Bishop High School, Mr. Harrison entered the military. During the Korean War, he served proudly in the Army Second Infantry Division. He retired from Hoechst Celanese Refinery in Bishop after 30 years. He was a talented artist and family genealogist.
He was active in the Clareville Cemetery Association and Bee County family history projects. He will be remembered for his generous heart and contributions to his community.
Mr. Harrison is survived by nieces Martha Haun, Brenda Wiley, Carol Lyons and Barbara, Deborah and Wanda Harris Reddion; and nephews DeWayneng, Ernie Stautzenberger, Rockie Stautzenberger, Dennis Harrison and Robert Harrison.
A private family gathering will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Skidmore at a later date.

1973 (?)
Bryan Taylor Cage went to join the ones who left before on January 23, 2019 in Austin, Texas at the young age of 63. Taylor was a twin to his sister Jody but always liked to say he was older than her. He was born in Kingsville, TX about 10 minutes before her early morning October 3, 1955. Though, Jody was always his boss and everyone knew it. Taylor was kind to all with a big heart in many ways. It was his heart and diabetes complications that were his cause of death. His parents were Margaret Odell Rogers Cage and Joe Bryan Cage of Bishop, TX. Both parents died too young (mother at 55 and father at 47) leaving Taylor, Jody and Kathleen (the actual odest) orphans.
Taylor was a character that everyone remembered. He was a son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, scholar, poet, genius, actor, hard worker and dear friend to many. His jobs were necessary but not what drove his life. At the time of his death he was a longtime employee of the Texas Pardon and Parole Board in Austin. He lived in Sonoma, CA for about ten years and worked at the Jack London Developmental Center. He graduated from Texas A&I University with a triple major of English, journalism and theatre art and worked at Young’s Pizza while in college. Taylor’s wit and talents could entertain people for hours. On Saturdays he hosted his radio program, Queer Waves, on Austin Public Radio for many years. His family will always think of Taylor when they see a tie-dyed t-shirt, a black vest or a serape jacket.
Surviving Taylor are sister Jody Cage Harper (Howard) of Charco, TX and their sons Jerad and Jason; sister Kathleen Cage Mittag (Gene) of Bishop, TX and their son Josh and grandson Reid Mittag; and cousins Sharron Vest (Pat) and J. P. Vest, Jr., (Wendy). Taylor had many friends wherever he lived and never met a stranger.
Viewing will be Sunday, January 27, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Turcotte-Piper Mortuary in Kingsville, TX.
There will be a graveside memorial service at the Bishop Restland Cemetery to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, think of Taylor by remembering his big heart and wonderful soul.

Glenda Gunter, age 75, of Calallen, passed away December 11, 2018. She was born June 3, 1943 in Donna, Texas to John H. and Evelyn Webb.
Glenda was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a long time member and Sunday School teacher of Annaville Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son, Chris.
She is survived by her loving husband of fifty-seven years, Claude Gunter; a son, Johnnie (Cherie) Gunter of Canton, Georgia; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren; two sisters, Jeanie Goldman of Sinton, Texas and Judy McGee of Corpus Christi, Texas; and nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family present will be from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Monday, December 17, 2018 at Annaville Baptist Church with Bro. Robert Simmons and Bro. Pat Bullock officiating. Burial will follow at Robstown Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to Glenda’s Sunday School Class, in care of Annaville Baptist Church, 4025 Violet Road, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410.

Brandon Nolan Rudel, age 34 of Sealy, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. He was born on October 8, 1984 in Bellville, Texas. Brandon grew up in Bishop, Texas and graduated from Bishop High School in 2004 where he was active in the Theatre Arts department. He loved spending time with his family and friends, cooking, and he was passionate about art and music. He enjoyed bringing a smile to people’s faces, and was deeply loved by his family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Among those left to cherish his memory are his father, Johnathan B. Rudel and his wife Tessie of Bishop, Texas; his mother, Terri L. Rudel and her husband Lloyd Rosenthal of Sealy, Texas; three brothers, Johnathan B. Rudel, Jr. and his wife Kasy of Sugarland, Texas, Matthew Q. Rudel and his wife Elisa of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Jordan Rudel and his wife Patricia of Bishop, Texas; three nieces, Amalie Rudel of Sugarland, Texas, Audra Rudel of Bishop, Texas, and Charlotte Rudel of Corpus Christi, Texas; two grandmothers, Adeline Rudel Cathey of Cedar Park, Texas and Noelia Davila of New Braunfels, Texas; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Holmgreen Mortuary Chapel in Alice. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Holmgreen Mortuary Chapel with Reverend Matthew Ulmer officiating. Interment will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Salem Lutheran Cemetery, 23555 ½ Lutheran Cemetery Rd., Tomball, Texas with Reverend Gilbert Franke officiating. Those who desire may make memorial contributions to the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 811 E. Main St., Bishop, Texas 78343. Arrangements are entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, 2061 E. Main St., Alice, Texas. Condolences for the family may be offered at and shared via Holmgreen Mortuary Facebook.

William “Willie” Friedrich, 77, passed away November 1, 2018 in Clute, Texas. He was born in Bartlett, Texas and resided the majority of his life in Freeport. He served in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves.
William was married for 30 years to Lucy Schmidt Tremonte in 1969. He worked as a machinist for Malley and then McGill Maintenance.
He is survived by brother, LeRoy Friedrich & wife, Dolly; sister, Marilyn Shepherd & husband, Lonnie; and step daughter, Kathey Law. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leslie & Helen Friedrich; and wife, Lucy Friedrich.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm at Baker Funeral Home 634 S. Columbia Dr in West Columbia,Texas with Mac Moons officiating.

Ernie Archie Tucker, age 76, passed away on October 14, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Ernie was born on May 16, 1942 in Hartman, Arkansas. He was raised in Bishop, Texas and graduated from Bishop High School in 1960. He then joined the United States Marine Corp (1960-1966) where he served as a Marine Embassy Guard (Ankara, Turkey 1963-64 and Lagos, Nigeria 1964-65). Ernie was a member of the NRA and MEGA (The Marine Embassy Guard Association). He loved spending time with family and friends as well as hunting, fishing, diving, and aviation.
He is preceded in death by both his parents: Harvey and Louise Kampfhenkel.
Ernie is survived by his daughter, Dr. Carrie Hruza (husband, Dr. George Hruza), and her children, Hope Williams and Rose Williams; son, Westin Tucker (wife, Megan Tucker) and their children, Stella Tucker and Theo Tucker; son, Kalvin Tucker and his son, Jaxson Tucker; sisters, Sandra Meador and Sharon Ferm; brother, Alfred Kampfhenkel; and uncle Junior Koontz.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers, 6025 82nd Street in Lubbock, Texas, with a reception to follow. Burial will be held at Concordia Cemetery in Bishop, Texas at a later date.

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Kaitlin Renee Harborth, 26, of Kingsville, died on Sept. 26, 2018 in San Patricio County.
She was born on Nov. 7, 1991 in Kingsville.
She was a homemaker, and a graduate of Bishop High School. She was also a member of First Baptist Church in Bishop.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Anita Harborth; two uncles, Fritz Harborth and Israel “Easy” Harborth; one aunt, Carmen Harborth; grandfather, James “Papa” Brisbin; one son, Baby Jack Cox; step-grandmother, Barbra Miner.
Survivors include her mother, Linda (Joe) Muennik; father, Roel Harborth; step-mother, Robyn Hambright; two daughters, Kymmber Cox and Hailey Mullins; fiancé, Billy Mullins; four sisters, Kayla Harborth, Kamie Jo Spain, Layla Hambright and Heaven Hambright; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at Ramirez-Salinas Funeral Home.
A religious service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at Ramirez-Salinas Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at Ramirez-Salinas Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lee Ortegon officiating.
Burial will follow at Chamberlain Cemetery.

Thomas Kenneth Nelson, age 90, passed away on September 20, 2018, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was born January 19, 1928, in Bishop, Texas, to Samuel and Ophelia Nelson. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bishop, Texas, for 80 years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Robert G. Nelson and Alfred L. Nelson and one nephew, Samuel C. Nelson.
Kenneth is survived by his niece, Nancy K. Nelson, grandnephew, Travis C. (Laura) Nelson of Corpus Christi, Tx., grandniece, Katie M. Nelson of San Antonio, Tx., sister-in-law, Mary H. Nelson of Portland, Tx., great grandnephew and niece, Samuel E. Nelson and Adeline R. Nelson both of Corpus Christi, Tx, and a host of friends.
Visitation with family to receive friends will be held at Turcotte-Piper Mortuary on Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Bishop, Texas, on Friday, September 28, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Restland Cemetery in Bishop, Tx.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Bishop, Texas.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd. Kingsville, Texas 78363.

Rickey Paul Robinson of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on August 30, 2018.
Rick was born to Weldon T and Shirley Robinson, in Kingsville, Texas on August 7, 1953. He was raised in Bishop, Texas and graduated from Bishop High School in 1972. He was the youngest of 5 children.
Rick spent most of his younger married life in oil field related jobs in the Austin and Dallas/Ft Worth areas. He enjoyed camping and vacationing with his family and was very proud of his children and their accomplishments. He was instrumental in the organization of a youth sports organization that included boys baseball and girls kick ball. So he was very involved in all of their sporting and school events as they grew up.
Rick was preceded in death by both of his parents, his brother Robbie Robinson, and his sister Rhonda Hatfield. He leaves behind his brothers Roxy Robinson (Martha) and Randy Robinson (Margaret). Also his daughter Lindsay Martin (Keith), and his son Logan Robinson. And grandson Connor Martin and granddaughter Kendall Martin.
There will be a private, family gathering at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in Rick’s name to your favorite charity.
All arrangements being made through Thomason Funeral Home, 2220 S. Colorado Street, Lockhart, Texas 78644.

Frances (Donalson) Coppinger Philpott, 80, passed away August 30, 2018, in Pearland, Texas, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Fran was an amazing and generous woman who gave much to her community and family. She was an accomplished leader, visionary and philanthropist who worked over the years in local, regional, state, political and educational arenas.
Fran grew up in Bishop (BHS Class of 1956) and lived most of her life in Texas. She married David Breedlove early in life and they had a daughter, Celeste. Several years after their divorce, she married Vic Coppinger in 1970 and moved to Pearland. She immediately became involved with the community and in 1978 became the first woman to serve on the Pearland City Council. She went on to found Clean Pearland, now called Keep Pearland Beautiful, and served a term as its president. Under her leadership and continued involvement on the Board, Keep Pearland Beautiful received multiple awards at the regional and state levels. She also served as president and board member for the Keep Brazoria County Beautiful Association, and she received their “W.D. Colgrove Award”. Fran founded the Pearland Neighborhood Center, which still continues to fill the multiple needs of residents in the northern Brazoria County. Fran also assisted in the drive to bring the YMCA to Pearland. They worked tirelessly for years to fund the project and co-donated 16 acres of land for the Coppinger Family YMCA and she served on the Executive Board. In between all of her activities Fran loved bird watching and went on multiple bird watching vacations.
Fran helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the United Way of Brazoria County as well as serving on the Budget Committee, the Board of Directors and as Zone Chairman. She received their “Outstanding Volunteer Award”. She also received the Pearland Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Citizen of the Year Award” in 1984. Around the same time in her life Fran was appointed to serve on the Municipal Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Advisory Council for the state of Texas. She served on this council for many years, and in 1991, she was appointed president. Fran also served as president on the Brazoria County Solid Waste Management Task Force, and served as Vice-President on the Houston Galveston Area Council of Government, Solid Waste Management Task Force. In 1991, Fran was appointed to serve on the Texas Ethics Commission.
Fran worked on beautification on the state level as well. She was a district governor for the Beautify Texas Council and was a member of the task force to form Keep Texas Beautiful and served on that organization’s advisory council for a number of years. In 1997, she was elected president of Keep Texas Beautiful and thoroughly enjoyed her tenure as president. Through Fran’s membership in the Rotary Club of Pearland she worked to create safe living conditions in Mexico. Fran was also a co-founder of the Rotary International Friendship Exchange with Osaka, Japan. She was granted the “Rotarian of the Year” award from the Rotary Club of Pearland. Fran was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pearland and served doing everything from teaching Sunday school to going on multiple mission trips.
Fran achieved a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, a Masters of Arts in Public Management, and did a Doctoral Study in Political Science in all but the dissertation. Her PhD areas of study were American Government, Public Policy and Implementation. Later in life, Fran was a professor at San Jacinto Community College South which brought her much joy.
In 2006, Fran received one of her most meaningful awards. The Community Foundation of Brazoria County awarded Fran their “Philanthropist of the Year” award. Then State Representative Glenda Dawson introduced Fran at the awards ceremony with the words: “Fran … has touched lives around the world — from Brazoria County to Japan. As a true philanthropist, Fran focuses her energy to make her world a better place to live.”
Fran is survived by her husband Richard Philpott, her daughter Celeste Carlton, her brother Thomas Donalson and his wife Eva, her sister Barbara Althaus, and her grandchildren Justin and Michelle Carlton. Visitation will be September 7 at South Park Funeral Home in Pearland from 5-7 pm. Services will be at First United Methodist Church of Pearland September 8 at 10:00 am. Graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM in Southpark Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation ( or the Alzheimer’s Association (

Linda Diane Davis went to her Heavenly home on August 10, 2018, after a short illness. She was preceded in death by her parents Ella Lillian (Meissner) Davis and G.B. “Dick” Davis, Jr. and her daughter, Jennifer Lynn Ranspot. She is survived by her two sons, Jeff (April) Ranspot and Jason Ranspot, her grandchildren, Heather (Josh) Fleming, Hillary Justice (Cruz Clark), Madison Eckles, her great grandchildren, Isobel Fleming, Cruz Clark, and Isla Clark, her sister, Cookie (Stan) Johnsey, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Linda was the eldest daughter of Dick and Ella Davis, and was born on May 30, 1947. Linda felt very blessed to have been brought up in the Lutheran Church and to have been part of a faith that supported and showed compassion and forgiveness on her during her years on earth. She was baptized in Thorndale, Texas at St. Paul Lutheran Church, and was confirmed in Kingsville, Texas at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Linda’s parents were farming stock from Bishop, Texas and Linda gained an early love of the Wild West and everything that went with it. It was her schoolteacher mother, however, that introduced her children to music, and Linda was musical for the rest of her life. She taught private piano lessons for many years and found joy in playing the piano and organ. She studied with Mrs. Carolyn Casper and thought of her as one of the most important influences in her life.
Linda attended school in Bishop, notably participating in the BHS Band and Choir. She graduated from Bishop High School in 1965. She married Michael Ray Ranspot on September 3, 1965. The couple would go on to have two sons, Jeffrey Todd Ranspot, and Jason Wayne Ranspot, and one daughter, Jennifer Lynn Ranspot.
Studies at university followed her graduation, and Linda obtained a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas, allowing her to follow a career in teaching and school counseling. Throughout her adult life, Linda moved from place to place, experiencing more than a farmer’s daughter from Bishop could typically hope to see. In her later years, Linda settled down in Leander, Texas and made a home in the northern Austin area.
One of the most cherished persons in Linda’s life was her sister, Margaret Carole Davis Johnsey (“Cookie”), who Linda continued to be inspired by throughout her life. The greatest joys throughout her life were her two sons, Jeff and Jason, who grew into men she was very proud of. Her joy was only multiplied when she was blessed with grandchildren: Heather Nicole Fleming, Hillary Justice, and Madison Eckles, and then, the ultimate blessing, great-grandchildren: Isobel Fleming, Cruz Clark, and Isla Clark.
Linda was her parents’ daughter, with the sharp wit and cleverness of her father and the gentle nature hiding a spitfire personality of her mother. She was generous in spirit, often with little of her own but more than willing to share with anyone in need. No one was ever turned away that needed a kind word or a willing ear to listen. Linda was a steady constant to those who loved her. She brought joy to those around her, able to find silver linings in even the darkest of clouds. She was a true example of a Christian life lived in service to God and her neighbor. Her passing is the loss of a bright light from this world, now at final rest with her Savior.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kingsville, P.O. Box 1518, Kingsville, TX 78363, Bishop Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 142, Bishop, TX 78343, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Services will be held on August 25, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 521 East Doddridge Ave., Kingsville, TX. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:30 am, with services beginning at 10:30 am and burial following at Restland Cemetery in Bishop, Texas. Condolences can be sent to

Byron L. Clemmons, age 94, went to be with our Lord on August 6, 2018. Byron was born on January 8, 1924 in Bishop, TX to Clyde C. Clemmons and Bertie B. Clemmons. Byron was a resident of Kingsville, TX. He was also a World War II Army Veteran and former owner of D&C Amusement Company Inc. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Byron is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Gladys, her son Olen Leon Atkison, and one brother Clyde C. Clemmons Jr. “Speck”.
He is survived by his family James Baugus and Sharon Pennington of Kingsville Texas, Gladys’s son, Wesley Atkison (Ruby Faye) of Comfort Texas, and their children Brad (Kimberly) Atkison and Christi (Todd) Wright, and their grandchildren; Cameron and Alyssa Atkison, Dereck, Dane, and Dax Wright, Grandchildren; Julie and Emily Baugus, Great-Grandson, Brent Alegria.
Visitation will be held on August 8, 2018 at Turcotte-Piper Mortuary from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Turcotte-Piper Chapel at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Restland Bishop, Tx.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd. Kingsville, Texas.

Gloria Jean Wallace, 73, of Bay City passed away July 24, 2018. She was born July 19, 1945 to the late Austin E. Cherry and Gloria Peterson Cherry.
She graduated from Bishop High School in 1963. In 1980 she graduated from Nursing School in Bay City and received her LVN license. She was a nurse in Bay City for 31 years working at the Medical Arts Clinic for Dr. William K. Horsley and Dr. Dane Simons. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Eastern Star #380, and the VFW Post #2438 Ladies Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lew L. Wallace, Jr. Survivors include daughter Pamela W. Janise (Nathan) of Selkirk; son David Wallace (Shareth) of Bay City; brother Raymond Cherry (Diane) of Sargent and grandchildren Taylor Michelle Janise, Peyton Danielle Janise and Baylee Laine Wallace.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Friday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Russ Munch officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Nathan Janise, Bobby Heidrich, Brandon Perrin, Trent Seidel, Brandon Vasquez and Kelby Pennington
Gloria’s family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Mark Schnee, Dr. Dane Simons, the Medical Arts Staff and Shining Nightingale Healthcare Agency.
Taylor Brothers Funeral Home – Bay City, Texas

Patricia (Pat) Banish of Buda, Texas passed away in her home on July 22, 2018. She was born on May 29, 1933 in Bishop, Texas. She married Robert Banish in 1959 while he was in the Air Force. They traveled to various duty stations until he retired from the Air Force in 1979. They settled in Buda in 1984. Pat and Bob celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in May.
Pat was predeceased by her parents Bertha and Henry Foster of Evansville, Texas, her daughters DeeAnn Moore and Janie Sue Banish and grandson Mathew. She is survived by her husband Robert, her brother Dr. Wm E Foster (wife Shirley), children Daryl D. Banish, Bethany L. Hannah, (husband John), James S. Banish, (girlfriend Dina Donley), grandchildren Lilly Hannah and Jennifer Patterson and great grandchild Ashlynne Patterson. She was close to her cousins Frankie Cordelle, Sandy Trainer and husband Jack.
Pat was interested in crafts and collectibles. She enjoyed the hunt of collecting and selling treasures. Thrift shops were her “hangouts”. She loved to travel, play Maj Jong, card games, slot machines, and belonged to several bridge groups in Austin. She had a big heart with a mischievous sense of humor. She enjoyed time spent with family and friends. Words cannot express how much she will be missed.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, TX on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to “Foundation for the Homeless”.

Maurine Boggan Herring, age 90, died peacefully Monday morning, June 18, 2018.
She was born on October 14, 1927 on a farm two miles outside of Bishop, Texas belonging to her parents, Wallace and Myrtle Boggan. They were farmers in the Bishop Community for many years. She later inherited the same farmland and it has remained in her possession.
Maurine attended Bishop schools and graduated from Bishop High School in 1945. She continued her education at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
During her college years, she started dating her future husband, Vern Herring. Their families, both being from Bishop, had known each other for many years. Maurine and Vern both graduated from Texas A& I University in May of 1948. Soon after, on August 7, 1948, they were married in a garden wedding in Kingsville.
Maurine retired from teaching after many years in the Sinton and Corpus Christi Independent School Districts, with 23 of those years spent at William C. Calk Elementary School in Corpus Christi. She had wonderful people to work with, including prinicipals, fellow teachers, students and their parents that made her truly enjoy her teaching career.
Maurine has been a resident of Corpus Christi since 1953 and was a member of Parkway Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Vern Herring in 2010, after 61 years of marriage. He retired as Program Director for the Boy Scouts of America with the Gulf Coast Council for many years. Others preceding her in death were her parents and two older sisters: LaVern Boggan Lawhon of Odem and Lucille Boggan Roewe of Bishop.
Her survivors include two sons: Rick Herring (Debbie) of Montgomery, Texas, and Ken Herring (Laurel), of Corpus Christi. Grandchildren are Stephen Herring (Liz) of Katy, Texas, Chris Herring (Leslie) of Richmond, Texas, and Jessica Herring Wesley (David) of Manvel, Texas. Step-grandchildren are Chris Lain (Tina) and Casey Lain (Adrianne) of Corpus Christi and Aaron Lain (Jennifer) of Buda, Texas. Also surviving are six great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank her long time physician, Dr. Glenn Bugay and his nurse, Estelle McAda, her wonderful and caring caregivers, Reyna, Jan, Sabrina, Christina, Patty, and Lottie. Kristina from New Century Hospice was outstanding. She greatly enjoyed her many friends at the Mirador and her long time friend, Helen Tanner.
Everyone is invited to a memorial service followed by a reception in the Chapel at Seaside Funeral Home on Saturday, June 23rd at 1:00 pm at 4357 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas, with Reverend Dr. Allen Mosiman of Parkway Presbyterian Church officiating. A private service for immediate family only will be held for the entombment at Seaside Memorial Park Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkway Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund at 3707 Santa Fe St., Corpus Christi, TX 78411 or Boy Scouts of America-South Texas Council at 700 Everhart Rd A, Corpus Christi TX 78411, or one’s favorite charity.

Michael Paul Mayberry, 42, died Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in Kingsville. He was born Dec. 23, 1975 to Lester and Debra Mayberry.
He was a graduate of Bishop High School and Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
At TAMUK, he devoted his time and energy to the Baptist Student Ministry, forming friendships and a passion for ministry that would stay with him for the rest of his life. He received his Master’s of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth in 2006.
While at TAMUK, he met the love of his life, Camille. They were married July 31, 1999, and over the next 18 years they welcomed seven children into a home filled with laughter, Legos and love.
Michael continued his ministry by working as a software engineer for LIFE Outreach International. He taught Bible study at First Baptist Church-Kingsville and in recent years went on several trips to Belize, ministering in small villages there.
Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Camille; their children, Jack, Ian, Ava, Evan, Liam, Zoe and Quinn; his mother; his brother, Philip (Kim) Mayberry of Round Rock; and numerous family members and friends.
A visitation will be held at First Baptist Church-Kingsville at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. that same day, with the Reverends Jack Willoughby and Clif Abshier officiating.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd., Kingsville, Texas.

Lucile Miriam Pfluger Marburger, a beloved light in her family and community, passed away on April 28th, 2018, in New Braunfels, TX, at the age of 100.
[At the time of her passing she was probably the oldest living Badger]
Lucile was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward D. (Tony) Marburger, brother Charles Pfluger & wife Delma, and brother-in-law, Kermit Westerholm.
She is survived by sons Gary Marburger and Alan Marburger; grandchildren Sara Espinoza & husband Joey, Josh Marburger, Eric Marburger & wife Hannah, Kelly Marburger; great-grandchildren Risa, Micah, and Jace Espinoza; sister, Carolyn Westerholm, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lucile, daughter of Carl and Lillie (Polzin) Pfluger, was born on March 8, 1918 in Coupland, TX. As a young child, she moved with her family to Taylor, TX, Los Angeles, TX, and then Bishop, TX, where she graduated as valedictorian. In 1940, she earned a degree in Home Economics from the University of Texas, and took a teaching job in Refugio, TX. She and Tony found each other there. Both born and baptized in Coupland. their lives came together. The two raised their family in Houston, while building a successful insurance business with State Farm, and, upon retirement, built a home in Fischer, TX, where she and Tony remained dedicated to extensive community service. Lucile was an early member of Faith United Church of Christ, early member of Canyon Lake Republican Women, Founding member of the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country, member of the New Braunfels Area Quilters Guild, member of the Fischer Store School Community Center, and numerous charitable and social organizations, such as PTA, Scouts, Little League, Meadowbrook Garden Club, and church activities, such as women’s circle and junior Sunday school teacher and sponsor at First Evangelical Church , Houston.
She was a gifted painter and quilter, who gave and shared her art for causes and as gifts to her friends and family. For her dedication, Lucile was named as First Lady of the year by Beta Sigma Phi in 1999, and received numerous awards for her painting and quilting, being recognized in and outside the State. Despite these lauds, she was never one to seek public attention, and will always be remembered for her quiet acts of hospitality and generosity.
A memorial service will be held at Faith United Church of Christ in New Braunfels at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16th, with a reception following from 2:00 to 3:00 in the fellowship hall. The public is invited to attend, but seating will be limited, and the family acknowledges with gratitude that many recently honored Lucile with their presence at her 100th birthday event.
In lieu of flowers, (and to honor her ever-generous spirit), donations may be made to: Faith United Church of Christ – New Braunfels, Hope Hospice New Braunfels, and Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels Inc..

Clarice Viola Clinger peacefully returned to her Lord, Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the age of 84, in El Campo, Texas. She was born January 8, 1934 in Jourdanton, Texas to Arthur E. and Viola E. Menn Clinger and was raised in Bishop, Texas. She was the only daughter of four children and was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Arthur and Vernon Clinger, and the father of her children Floyd R. Thiele.
Clarice is survived by her middle brother, Norman Clinger (Jo); her five children, Teresa Pool (Eddie), Kathleen Thiele, Verna Marie Charbula (Bryan), James Thiele and Esther Pavlik; seventeen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Matthew Priesmeyer, Kyle-Zachary Pool, Sommer Leonard (Tom) and their two children Aubin and Charlie, Garret Pool (Ashley) and their daughter Brooklyn, Christine Tyson, Catherine Wagner, Clarissa Wagner, Joshua Wagner, Cassondra Wagner, Nathan Charbula, Rachelle Liston (Chris), Geoffrey Charbula, Jason Charbula, Zachary DeAngelis, Anthony Thiele, Anna Thiele and Regan Pavlik and fiancé Chase McClain.
Visitation begins 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5 at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery in Bishop, Texas at 3 p.m. the same day. Refreshments will be served at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bishop following the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Houston Hospice – El Campo; St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 E. Main, Bishop, Texas 78343 or Bishop Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 142, Bishop Texas 78343.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to all of her caregivers, Houston Hospice – El Campo, Angels Home Health Care and all our family and friends for their prayers, flowers, food and thoughtfulness.
Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681
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On Sunday, April 8, 2018, Jean Moody began her heavenly life after having spent her last few years living with Alzheimer’s disease. Jean passed away with her caring family and her loving husband, CL, never leaving her side until her final breath. Jean was a beautiful and elegant soul who loved family and life. Those who knew and loved her will carry her love within their hearts until we are united once again.
Jean was born on January 15, 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Kathryn and Sam Wilcox. Jean graduated from Bishop High School and attended A&I University. She and CL have celebrated 70 years of marriage that began when they wed on September 20, 1947. They shared a love and a bond that is rarely found these days. They truly had a fairytale life together.
During her life, Jean loved to cook for the family and entertain their many friends. Preparing Sunday family dinners were a favorite of hers with the table elegantly set with fine china and silver and always ending with a delicious dessert. She was a charter member of the Harden Study Club in Bishop. Jean taught Kindergarten in her home for 17 years, before Kindergarten was included in public schools. In 1981, Jean & CL moved to Calallen and became members of Grace United Methodist Church.
Besides her husband, CL Moody, she is survived by her daughter, Kathy Gaines Ricks (Patrick) and her son, Russell (Robert Suggs). She is survived by her sisters, Nita Peace and Gloria Whitley (Jim), both of New Braunfels, and her brother, Sam Wilcox (Hilda) of Cooperstown, New York. Jean was affectionately referred to as “MawMaw” by her four loving grandchildren, Billy Gaines, Randy Gaines (Michele), Stan Moody and Sally Mooney (Matt) and four great-grandchildren, Cannon and Waylon Gaines and Jolene and Mason Mooney. Three sisters-in-law, Yvonne Herrmann, Barbara Ann Lawrence, Cookie Moody, and her brother-in-law, David Moody, also survive Jean. Jean was so loved by her many nieces and nephews.
The family invites you as they celebrate her life to a visitation from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Grace United Methodist Church with Rev. Rebekah Rochte officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery in Bishop, Texas.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and sons-in-law, Robert Suggs, Billy Gaines, Randy Gaines, Patrick Ricks, Stanley Moody and Matt Mooney.

Hertha Annie Kaiser, age 98, a resident of Houston, Texas and a former longtime resident of Bishop, Texas passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at her residence. She was born March 1, 1920 in Paige, Texas to Ferdinand Menn and Alvina Wieruscheske Menn. Mrs. Kaiser was the owner of Kaiser Flowers and Gifts, Bishop, for over 40 years until her retirement. As a florist, Mrs. Kaiser was a member of Floral Transworld Delivery (FTD). She was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church, Bishop.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Kaiser; oldest son, Marvin Kaiser (Lois); parents; three sisters, Alvina Hill, Norma Rilling and Viola Clinger; and one brother, Herbert Menn.
Mrs. Kaiser is survived by two sons, David Kaiser (late Terry Kaiser) and Dan Kaiser (Clare), both of Houston; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church, 301 East Main Street, Bishop. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. Marcia Kline officiating. Burial will follow in Bishop at Restland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 301 East Main Street, Bishop, Texas 78343. A Memorial Service will be held in Houston, Texas at a later date.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd., Kingsville, Texas.

ALVIN ZIESCHANG, JR. VICTORIA – Alvin “Zeke” Zieschang, Jr. departed this earthly life to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 1, 2018 at the age of 85. He was born November 23, 1932 in Bishop, Texas to the late Alvin and Alma (Benovsky) Zieschang, Sr. He proudly served his country from 1951-1955 in the U.S. Navy Seabees. He retired from Union Carbide after 37 years working as a pipe fitter. April 6, 1956 he married Lorene Wilde and from this marriage came three sons and one daughter. He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Lorene; sons Michael (Cindy) Zieschang, Stanley (Pam) Zieschang and Kenneth (Susie) Zieschang; brother Roy (Carol) Zieschang; six grandchildren Brooke (Joey) Briones, Zachary (Mary) Zieschang, Reece Zieschang, Dillon Zieschang, Kelsey Zieschang and Sarah Zieschang; two great grandchildren Oliver Zieschang and Opal Zieschang. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Carl Zieschang and daughter Vicky Kay Zieschang.
Visitation will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:00 – 10:00 am at Grace Lutheran Church with funeral service to follow at 10:00 am with Pastor Richard Mayerhoff officiating. Burial with military honors under the auspices of the Victoria County Veterans Council, AL, CWV, VFW, DAV, MCL, MOWW, EX-POW, MOPH, VVA, and KWV will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust Street, Victoria, TX 77901. Condolences and memories can be shared at Services are under the direction and personal care of Grace Funeral Home.

Rhonda Ann Robinson Hatfield,65, of Millersview passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas.
She was born March 22, 1952 to Weldon and Shirley (Richardson) Robinson in Kingsville, Texas. Rhonda graduated from Bishop High School in 1970. Rhonda married Murry Hatfield in April of 1997. She attended nursing school and graduated as an LVN in 2000. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Bishop, TX from birth until she relocated.
Rhonda is preceded in death by her loving husband, Murry; her parents; and brother, Robbie.
Rhonda is survived by her children, Lisa Martinez and husband Hector of Ballinger, Dana Jimenez and husband Arnold of Bishop, Greg Bade and wife Cheree of San Antonio; her step-children, Cody Hatfield and wife Jamie of Mason, Amy Dobbs and husband Tate of Pottsboro; her brothers, Randy Robinson and wife, Margaret of Garden Ridge, TX, Roxy Robinson and wife, Martha of Lockhart, TX, and Ricky Robinson of San Marcos. Also surviving her grandchildren, Kasey Martinez, Mason and Laila Hatfield, Cooper and Madison Dobbs, Briana Correa, Katelynn Daniel, Alex Jimenez, Zack Lowman, Emilee Bade, Hayden Bade, and Danielle Bade; and her great-grandchildren, Dakotah, Brady, Zophia, Aubri, Kylie, Halle, and Bryce. Rhonda is survived by her loyal companion, her dog Missy.
Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Wednesday, March 14 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Friday, March 16 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at the Hatfield Family Cemetery in Millersview.
Lange Funeral Home
1910 Hutchings Ave
Ballinger, Texas 76821

Monte Joe Myler, BHS Class of ’51 died Friday November 24, 2017 in Denver Hospice, Denver, Colorado from renal failure and heart failure. He was buried with full military honors in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

Lori Lorenzi Nines.
Sadly, I found out one of our classmates (BHS class of 1993), passed away in the hospital on Sunday, after complications from the flu…Lori Lorenzi Nines. Her services are this Saturday in Lakeway, TX. She was a top ranking student in our class, incredibly kind, smart, funny, and talented in everything she did.
She leaves behind a husband, 2 young children, a younger sister, parents and many other family and countless friends. Laura (Fielder) Kieschnick
Lori’s memorial service will be this Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1PM at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home at 411 Ranch Road 620 S, Lakeway, TX 78734.
In lieu of flowers Lori Nines wanted donations to be made to favorite organization: Heart of Texas Lab Rescue at 1200 County Road 272, Leander, TX 78641.

Evelyn F. Simank, age 97, a resident of Corpus Christi, Texas and a former longtime resident of Bishop, Texas passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017 in Corpus Christi. She was born September 16, 1920 in Bishop to John H. Frels and Louise Gebert Frels. Evelyn was a 1938 graduate of Bishop High School. She was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years of marriage, Lesley A. Simank.
Mrs. Simank is survived by one daughter, Nancy S. Price and husband Alan of Tempe, Arizona; two sons, Larry G. Simank of Austin, Texas and Ronald A. Simank and wife Debbie of Corpus Christi; sister-in-law, Dorothy R. Wuensche of Lubbock, Texas; seven grandchildren, Colin Price (Lindsay), Ryan Price (Sayaka), Julie Simank, Jessica Simank, Jason Simank, Samantha Simank and Anna Simank; and one great-grandchild, Violet Price.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 1, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church, 301 East Main Street, Bishop, with Deacon Joel Nye officiating. Burial will follow in Bishop at Restland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 301 East Main Street, Bishop, Texas 78343 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd., Kingsville, Texas.​

Memorial services for Betty Schlomach, 87, of Giddings, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings with Pastor Kevin Mahr officiating.
Betty Joyce (Vickery) Schlomach was born on September 29, 1929 in Cleburne, Texas to William Preston Vickery and Lomeada (Freeze) Vickery. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Texas A & I University in Kingsville, Betty married Dale William Schlomach on December 5, 1947 in Bishop, Texas. She attended the Cowboy Church of Lee County. She loved to read and was known for her homemade cookies. She enjoyed drinking coffee while watching the news and tennis.
Betty passed away the morning of Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at her home in Giddings.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William & Lomeada Vickery; her husband, Dale Schlomach and two brothers.
Betty is survived by her four children, Preston Schlomach of Pearland, Jimmy Schlomach & his wife, Suzanne of Pearland, Terry Schlomach & his wife, Debby of Kingsville and Nancy Gandy & her husband, Jim of Ledbetter; seven grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; one brother and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Cowboy Church of Lee County, P.O. Box 28, Giddings, Texas 78942 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Ellen Kelly Ball of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away August 16, 2017 after a courageous battle of cancer. She was the third child born to Levi and Doris Kelly. She spent the first seven years of her life in the small town of Agua Dulce, Texas, then her family moved to Bishop, Texas where the Kelly family had been early family settlers in the area in 1912. She graduated from Bishop High School in 1973.
Ellen began college at Texas A&I University in Kingsville where she pledged the Chi Omega Sorority. After two years at A&I, she transferred to Southwest Texas State in San Marcos, Texas and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in elementary education.
Ellen began her teaching career in Spring, Texas and taught one year before returning to South Texas. Upon her return, she begin teaching in Sinton, Texas for a few years where she met her husband of nearly thirty years, William “Bill” C. Ball. She then began teaching sixth grade in Calallen and continued teaching there until retirement.
Like her mother, she was gifted, with a beautiful singing voice which she used for the glory of God, singing in her church choir and well as a soloist in church and weddings.
Ellen was a loving friend, wife, and mother of two beautiful daughters, Abby and Kelly Ball. She loved her family, and loved teaching.
She was a fun loving person with a great sense of humor. If Ellen was a friend, you truly had a friend. She had many close friends, many of whom were lifelong friends.
She also loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She showed such faith, courage, and grace as she battled cancer after losing her husband only one and one half years before her death. She will be so very missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Levi and Doris Kelly; and her brother, William “Bill” A. Kelly; and her husband, William “Bill” C. Ball.
She is survived by her daughters, Abby Ball of Irving, Texas and Kelly Ball of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; her sister, Jamie (Bruce) Dugger of Corpus Christi, Texas; her nieces, Lauren (Reese) Weller and Lanna (Greyson) Slough, both of Missouri City, Texas; two great nephews, Reese IV and Graham Weller; several cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Visitation will from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, Texas “Calallen”.
Funeral services will be conducted on August 26, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at River Hills Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Simmons officiating.
Burial will follow at Restland Memorial Park in Bishop, Texas.
The family has requested memorials be made to Restland Memorial Park, P.O. Box 142, Bishop, Texas 78343 or River Hills Baptist Church, P.O. Box 260200, Corpus Christi, Texas 78426.

Rebecca V. Rodriguez was born on February 27, 1929 in Bishop, Texas within one block of where she lived for 85 years. She was the 2nd oldest of 6 children. Her parents Guillerma (Mama Prieta) and Guadalupe Valverde were proud and hardworking immigrants from Tamaulipas, Mexico. She passed away peacefully on July 29th, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.
It is hard to describe Mom, but here are words that come to mind: excellent cook and seamstress, sociable, outgoing, determined, unafraid to offer her opinion, stubborn, loyal, fiercely protective of her family, generous, and above all, loving. Like all of us, Mom was shaped by her experiences as a young girl. This included hard work, the loss of her oldest beloved brother while serving his country during WWII, and making her way in a difficult time for young female Hispanics. She not only endured, she blossomed and became the first female Hispanic to graduate from Bishop High School. She then attended and graduated from Durham’s Business School in San Antonio. After marrying Fidel Rodriguez, she had a career in nursing for 25 years at the offices of Dr. Clarke Ginther. She retired but after a short period, she decided to embark on a new career and worked at the Bishop City Offices for 15 years. After her second retirement, she volunteered as a Pink Lady at Christus-Spohn hospital in Kingsville, the Food Bank Pantry, and La Amistad, a Catholic thrift shop. She was especially proud to serve as a Eucharistic Minister and lector and was a member of the Altar Society.
Mom had many successes, but her greatest was raising her children and grandchildren with her loving husband Fidel. She fought fiercely to assure that her children were afforded the best educational opportunities available when public schools in Bishop were segregated. Mom had the ability to make an adventure out of every event in her life- this could have been a baseball tournament for her grandson, a trip to Europe, or an average day as a Pink Lady volunteer. She was at her best when she was at the hunting lease and hunted well into her 80’s. Her pan de campo was legendary, with no leftovers for those that were not present. She was the greatest fan the San Antonio Spurs could ever have. She was an avowed Aggie Mom the instant she set foot on the campus of Texas A & M in College Station. Mom and her best friend Susie Morales were often compared to Lucy Arnez and Ethel Mertz because their adventures were numerous and hysterically funny. Generations of friends in Bishop celebrated weddings, quincenieras or funerals, with Mom’s famous arroz con pollo. Her pancakes, gorditas and corn tamales are also legendary.
Becky married the love of her life, Fidel Rodriguez on April 24, 1949 at Saint James Catholic Church in Bishop, Texas. As their family started to grow, Becky and Fidel travelled to West Texas and back to Bishop where they eventually made their home, raised their children, and retired. Fidel and Becky enjoyed many weekends in their Ranchito outside of Ben Bolt. It was there that family and friends gathered to slaughter a hog, a goat, make tamales or chicharones, tell old stories, and make new memories.
Becky and Fidel’s children are Fidel Rodriguez, Jr. (Anabel), Edna Guerra, Patricia Boone (Daniel), and Julian Rodriguez (Nina). The grandchildren are Mariah Boone (Tom); Omar (Leslie) Guerra, Sara (Ross) Elliott; Fidel III, Carlos, and Analisa Rodriguez; Alex and Brianna Rodriguez. The great-grandchildren are Mimosa Thomas and Marigold Boone; and Dos Elliott.
She is preceded in death by her husband Fidel Rodriguez, her parents Guadalupe and Guillerma Valverde, and her brothers Ismael and Abel Valverde. She is survived by her brother Samuel (Mickey) Valverde and sisters Idolina (Nina) Bernal, and Irma Rodriguez. Her extended family includes many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and the many lives she touched. A very special thanks to the many caregivers and nurses at the Village of the Incarnate Word and Sister Care in San Antonio. Their kindness and love for Mom was special beyond words. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sister’s Care at the Village at Incarnate Word, 4707 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78207.

Jeanne M. Stephens, age 70, of San Antonio, TX passed away on Saturday July 29, 2017. Jeanne was born December 20, 1946 in Corpus Christi, TX.
Jeanne is survived by daughter Heather Tondre, and extended family and friends.
A memorial service for Jeanne will be held Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM at Sunset North Funeral Home Chapel, 910 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas, 78232. .
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Stephens family.

Lawrence William Otto Wolter, a resident of Seguin, Texas and former longtime resident of Bishop, Texas joined his almighty Savior on July 11, 2017 at the age of 95. He was born on March 14, 1922 in Austin, Texas to Lawrence Augusta Wolter and Emma Kasper Wolter, who were of German heritage. In 1924, the family moved to Bishop to make their home and farm the land purchased by Otto Wolter (Lawrence’s grandfather) when Lawrence was 2 years old. They were one of the founding families of Bishop. Lawrence graduated from Bishop High School in 1940 and proudly served his country in the Pacific Theater of WWII upon graduation for 4 years. He was awarded the Good Conduct and Victory Medal and honorably discharged in 1946. He returned to the family farm.
Lawrence was an active community member. He served on the Bishop CISD school board. He was awarded the Bishop Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Service Award and Falfurrias Loma Blanca SWCD Outstanding Conservation Farmer Award.
The American Legion was a big part of the Wolter family. He was active in the American Legion Post 99 in Kingsville and a charter member of the American Legion Post 185. Lawrence and several other World War II veterans built this organization from the ground up. In 1959 the Bishop Post received its charter and in the early 1960’s the American Legion was built. Lawrence served as the building manager and commander of the Legion for many terms. Lawrence along with a group of Bishop Veterans donated their own money and ran the club like a business. The Legion held dances, bingo, and private parties to raise money in order to purchase the land. Today the American Legion remains an integral part of the Bishop Community. He also served as 3rd Division Commander and 3rd Division Oratorical Chairman and many other positions of honor within the American Legion. Even well into his senior years, Lawrence remained an active member and focused on helping fellow veterans by taking Christmas gifts to the Veteran’s Hospital in San Antonio yearly, local needy families, and supporting youth programs such as Boys State. He played a very active role in the annual American Legion Oratorical Contest, and American Legion college scholarships for Bishop High School graduates. He continued until he relocated to Seguin in 2013.
Lawrence enjoyed farming and ranching. He loved his ranch in Falfurrias which he built with his own hands. It brought him great joy until his death. He always enjoyed being outdoors and always had advice on how to plant or repair things.
Lawrence was a lifetime member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Bishop, Texas serving on church council including president within his term on council. He was an associate member of Faith Lutheran Church in Seguin and looked forward to attending services. Faith Lutheran Church welcomed him as if he were a founding member. He enjoyed his lemonade and cookie after service and the many hugs and kisses he received from the warm and generous members.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Eugene Robert Watt Wolter, his great grandson Colin Krogh Holst. He is survived by his sister Emily Augusta (Gene) Hutchins of Corpus Christi. He is survived by his four children, Dale (Katie) Wolter of Corpus Christi, Texas, Judy (Bill) Zimmer of Houston, Texas, Nancy (Chris) Morton of McKinney, Texas, and Elaine (Randy) Bennett of Seguin, Texas. He is also survived by all of his beloved grandchildren, Jana (Jeff) Holst, Lori (Brian) Long, Mikayla Campos, Matthew, Kailey, and Caroline Morton, and Brant and Brooke Bennett, his great grandchildren, Kayla Holst and Blaike and Wes Long.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church, 301 East Main St., Bishop, Texas with the family receiving friends at that time. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bishop, Texas with Pastor Marcia Kline officiating. Interment with full military honors will be on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 1:15 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd. in San Antonio, Texas with Pastor Andy Taylor officiating.
The family would like to thank all the physicians, nurses and staff at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in Seguin, Texas for their diligent professional care, medical expertise, dedicated care and genuine concern for Lawrence as both patient and friend. The family would also like to thank all his very devoted caregivers at Garden Estates in Corpus Christi, Texas and The Villages of Garden Ridge Assisted Living in San Antonio, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Lawrence Wolter’s name to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 East Main St., Bishop, Texas 78343, Faith Lutheran Church, 1326 East Cedar St., Seguin, Texas 78155, Guadalupe Regional Medical Foundation, 1215 East Court St., Seguin, Texas 78155 or charity of one’s choice.
You are invited to sign the guest book at
Arrangements are entrusted to dear friends Tessie and John Rudel of Holmgreen Mortuary, 2061 E Main St, Alice, Texas 78332.

The funeral services celebrating the life of Mrs. Mildred Avery, 93, of Enid, will be held 10:00 A.M. Saturday June 24, 2017 at Redeemer Lutheran Church of Enid with Pastor Thomas House officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.
Mildred was born March 29, 1924 in Bishop, Texas to Minnie and Henry Thiele. She was raised and educated in Bishop public schools, graduating from Bishop High School with the class of 1941. She attended business school in Houston, Texas and moved to San Antonio to work. There she met Fred Avery who was in the US Army. On November 25, 1943, she married Fred Avery in the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Concordia near Bishop, Texas.
The couple lived in San Antonio where their first child, Frances, was born. After the war they moved to Bishop, Texas where he was employed by The Chicago Corporation. They were blessed with a son, Kenneth, and daughter, Judy, born in Kingsville, TX.
In 1955 they moved to Enid where Fred was employed by Champlin. They were blessed in 1963 with a daughter, Tamie. They joined Redeemer Lutheran Church in 1955 where she was a very active member. She was also active in Mary Martha, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League chapter at Redeemer. She also served as church secretary for many years. She was a long-time volunteer at St. Mary’s in Enid.
She is survived by daughters: Frances and husband Robert Wittnebel of Nassau, MN, Tamie and husband David Worthington of Fayetteville, GA, Son: Ken Avery and Jim Skeen of San Francisco, CA, son-in-law: Thomas Pyle of Franklin, NC, eight Grandchildren, and thirteen Great-Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by both parents, husband, and daughter Judy, son-in-law Wayne Irsch, and brother Henry Thiele.
Memorials can be made in her honor to Redeemer Lutheran Church with Brown-Cummings Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds.

Dr. Robert L. Fordtran, III, age 86, passed away June 5, 2017. He was born on January 24, 1931 to Robert and Grace Fordtran and raised in Bishop, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1952 with a degree in Pharmacy and from UTMB Galveston in 1956 as a Medical Doctor. He completed his Internship at Memorial Medical Center where he met and married nursing student, Caroline Stevens.
Dr. Fordtran served on active duty in the Navy aboard the USS Bexar as Chief Medical Officer with a rank of Lt. Commander from September 1957 – August 1959, and in the U.S. Naval Reserves for 8 years. He completed Residency Programs in Cardiology and Internal Medicine at UTMB Galveston and became Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1966. He was devoted to the service of his profession. Most notably, among many honors, he served Memorial Medical Center as its Chief of Staff in 1973, on its Board of Managers 13 years, and as Chairman of its Medical Education Committee for 30+ years; Nueces County Medical Society as its delegate to the TMA 16 years and Past President 1991; Charter and Board Member of Nueces County Medical Education Foundation; TMA as District 6 Councilor 6 years and Vice Councilor 2 years; American Heart Association Board of Directors 25 years; Christus Spohn Physician Award 1999. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, service to his patients, loyalty and devotion to his friends and family, and love of hunting, fishing, race horses, Beefmaster cattle, the color orange and all things Longhorn.
He is preceded in death by his wife Caroline and sister Peggy Shaffer. He is survived by his daughter Caroline Bertuzzi (Mike), sons Robert Fordtran IV and Charles Fordtran (Maria), grandchildren Amanda and Alex Bertuzzi, step-grandchildren Jose Lee Galvan and Natalie Briones, niece Patti Perkins (Chuck), nephews Dr. William Shaffer (Diana), Dr. David Shaffer, and James Shaffer (Dayna), and numerous great nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 that same evening. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, all at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 5620 Gollihar Rd., Corpus Christi, TX 78412.
Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Heart Assoc. in his memory.

Ronald Edward Adair
Ron Adair unexpectedly died on May 10, 2017 at his home in Houston, Texas. Ronald Adair (Ron/Ronny) was born to Edward (Rip) and Doris Adair on March 6, 1950 and was raised in Bishop, Texas.
He was a proud member of the Bishop High School Class of 1968. He graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&I University in 1972. Ron went on to obtain an MS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas and an MBA from the University of Houston.
Ron lived most of his life working as a self-employed petroleum reservoir engineer in Houston. During his last ten years, he volunteered a lot of his time by mentoring at-risk youth. Ron was a familiar ‘dog walker’ in his Houston Garden Oaks neighborhood.
Ron is predeceased by his parents Edward (Rip) and Doris Adair and his beloved dog, Sheila. He is survived by his brother Craig Adair and his sister Vicki Culp, special friends Claire Bresnahan, Richard Baltz and Doug Vander Ploeg and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, June 17th at Pat Foley Funeral Home: 1200 West 34th Street, Houston, Texas 77018. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.

Sharron Tribble Myers passed away April 17, 2017. She was born in Highlands, Texas on November 30, 1941. She grew up in Bishop, Texas and graduated from Texas A&I in Kingsville. She taught school in Agua Dulce. It was there that she met Otis Myers. They married and soon after moved to Kingsville where they lived for the next 51 years. Sharron also taught English and Journalism in Riviera, Texas. She retired from teaching in 1999. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Kingsville.
Sharron is survived by her loving and devoted husband Otis Myers. Her daughter Shawn (Dale) Novak of Boerne. Her sons Shay Myers of Kingsville and Stacy (Joanna) Myers of Fort Worth, and her grandchildren Ashton (Taylor) Friedel, Colton Novak, Randa, Riann, and Reagan Myers.
Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Kingsville. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Kingsville. Interment to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Alice, Texas.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd. Kingsville, Texas 78363
​Harold Francis Hickman
Harold was born on a farm near Bishop, Texas on December 13, 1921 to Addie Lucille and Claude Francis Hickman. He joined his older brother, Cecil.
Harold attended Bishop schools where he participated in sports and graduated in 1939. He continued his education at Texas A & M graduating in 1943 as a distinguished student with a degree in Marketing and Finance. Also in 1943, Harold entered Infantry School in Fort Benning, GA graduating as a Commissioned 2nd LT. Then he spent about 6 months in Camp Wheeler, GA. The following year he was transferred to the Army Specialized Training Unit staff at Washington, PA. This was followed by duty on staff at the Virginia Military Institute and later at Valley Forge Military Academy. Harold retired from the Army in 1947 as a Captain.
While in Pennsylvania, Harold met the love of his life, Rose Gillespie who he married Jan. 9, 1947. Their beloved son, James Francis Hickman was born in Bishop on February 27, 1956.
After leaving the Army, Harold worked at the Southern Minerals Corporation and Houston Natural Gas (Enron) in addition to farming in the Concordia area for 40 years.
Harold and Rose made their first home together in Bishop in 1947 and then moved to the farm in 1955. In 1972, they moved into their home in Bishop where Harold lived until his passing.
Harold attended First Baptist Church in Bishop beginning in 1935. In 1966 Harold was asked to take a position as a “temporary” Sunday school teacher. He held this “temporary” position for 40 years when he finally retired to care for Rose.
Since 1987, Harold could be found almost daily at the local Dairy Queen and at Stripes drinking coffee and solving the world’s problems with his long-time friends.
Harold was a loving and generous man who was devoted to his family. Harold was preceded in death by his son James Francis Hickman (1997), his wife of 60 ½ years Rose Hickman (2009) and his brother Cecil Hickman (1974).
Harold is survived by nephews Robert M. Hickman [(Leslie) and granddaughter Bailey] of Bishop, TX and William C. Hickman (Linda) of Snoqualmie, WA
Harold loved the Lord and he went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 9, 2017. Those of us who knew him will miss his friendship and his company.
​A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Bishop on Wednesday April 12 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Bishop with graveside service at Restland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Harold Hickman may be made to First Baptist Church 311 E. Fifth St., Bishop, Texas 78343 or to your own place of worship.

In loving memory of Jeanette Bertram Miller
February 23, 1935 – March 09, 2017
Jeanette passed away peacefully and will be missed by many. Private Family services held at a later date.
(Jeannette was cremated and this was all I could find as an obituary for her on the website of the funeral home where she was cremated – Roxy Robinson)

Ms. Sherron Pistole died peacefully on April 29th, 2017, at 7:51 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, Texas at the age of 77. Sherron is survived by her children, Coni Robertson (Audie), of Humble, Texas, Tom Pistole (Lizzy), of Richmond, Texas, Shannon Williams (Jamie), of Corpus Christi, Texas,; Dawn Winters (Barron), of Brazoria, Texas, Hank Pistole (Nikki), of Lake Jackson, Texas; along with ten grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Sherron is preceded in death by her son, Charlie Pistole; granddaughter, Jennifer Ireland; husband, Gilbert Pistole; and her parents, RV Capers, Roy and Vivian LeMaster. Sherron was born on November 25, 1939, in Gorman, Texas. She graduated from Bishop High School in 1958. She married Gilbert Pistole, her childhood sweetheart, in 1958 as well. Sherron was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. Sherron was known for her ease in frequent conversation, even with total strangers; though some would say she never actually met a stranger! She would do anything for anyone in need. Sherron was loved by all who had the pleasure of meeting her and will be deeply missed by more than can be counted. Her funeral is scheduled for Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Lakewood Funeral Home with visitation 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A graveside service will follow at Angleton Cemetery with a reception at Jasmine Hall in Lake Jackson, Texas. Pastor Lynn Suttlemeyer will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sherron’s life. Flowers and condolences may be sent to Lakewood Funeral Home.

Bobby Charles Rich, affectionately known as ”Pop”, age 77, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. He was born on July 23, 1939 in La Grange, TX to Bedford C. and Thelma Rich. Bobby was a graduate of Bishop H.S. and attended Texas A& I University. He served 2 years in the Army after being drafted and then retired from Celanese Chemical Plant after thirty-seven and a half years.
Bobby was a longtime member of the Kingsville Church of Christ where he served as an elder. He enjoyed doing woodworking projects and especially enjoyed taking vacations with his wife and their travel group of friends.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Toni Leslie Rich, his two children, Derek Rich, of Boerne, Tx and Lesley Gonzalez (George) of Corpus Christi, Tx. Six grandchildren, Tyler, Leianna and Josh Rich and Dillen Rich, Erik and Kaela Gonzalez. Three great-grandchildren, Ryder Rich and Rileigh Ramirez and Raelynn Rich. One niece, Luane Balyeat Porter. ”Pop” was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His greatest joy was being with his family.
The family would like to recognize his special ”angels”, his providers Karen Thomas and Charlotte King. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the loving care you gave to our Pop.
You are invited to a celebration of life to be held Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11a.m. at Turcotte-Piper Mortuary in Kingsville, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, Bobby would appreciate contributions to the Kingsville Church of Christ, P.O. Box 866, Kingsville, Tx 78364 or to Sunny Glen Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1373, San Benito, TX 78586.

On Saturday January 21, 2017, our beloved mom, Lydia E. Morales, was embraced by God’s loving and comforting arms. She was born March 2, 1936 to Lionel and Lucinda Ramirez in Bishop, Texas.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life and high school sweetheart, her husband Donato Morales, to whom she was married for 56 years. She was a faithful and devoted military wife, accompanying her spouse to several duty stations in Washington DC, Kansas, Spain, Maryland, Michigan and Texas. For over 20 years, she was a dedicated employee with various Federal Civil Service jobs wherever her husband was stationed. She retired in July 2002 from Wilford Hall Medical Center, Internal Medicine Clinic, where she made many lasting friendships. Among those friends were doctors who cared for and treated her during her final months of her illness.
She, along with her late husband, were longtime members of Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and a Music Minister. She was a member of the Marian Society and volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She was also a choir member with the Voices of Victory Ministry and the St. Vincent de Paul Church Charismatic Prayer Group. Lydia enjoyed volunteering at the Majestic Theatre and the San Antonio Arts. She is remembered by many for her devotion to God and Church and the love of her late husband. She always stressed the importance of God and family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donato, and her sister, Leonor (Nena) Amaya.
Surviving Lydia are her children and family, Hadrian Morales; Yvonne, Gary and Ramiro Fernandez; Victor, Sandy, Alicia and Jenelle Morales. Also, surviving are her sisters Lucila (Elias) Salazar, Jaqueline Rae Ramirez and her brother, Hector (Carolina) Ramirez. She loved her only surviving aunt Ninfa (Willie) Ruiz and many other relatives including numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews living in Texas, California and Virginia.
The family thanks the doctors and nurses at San Antonio Military Medical Center, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, and especially the nurses and aides of Christus Hospice and Palliative Care, for their professional and compassionate services they provided. Particularly special are Karen and Desiree who were so dedicated and kindhearted to Lydia and her family.
Visitation begins at 4:00 pm on January 31st with a Holy Rosary to be prayed at 7:00 pm at Castle Ridge Mortuary. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on February 1st at Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church, 7990 W Military Dr. San Antonio, TX. Lydia will be laid to rest at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to the Marian Society of Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church, the St. Vincent De Paul Society of Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society.

Ronald Lemke, 52, of Kingsville, TX passed away on March 5, 2017. Ron was born in Three Rivers, TX to Jimmy and Vernell Lemke. He attended school in Bishop, TX. He worked for 20 years in the Celanese Plant. Ron loved to BBQ and cook for family and friends and made the best ribs. He also loved to hunt and fish (all the animals in Goliad County are breathing a sigh of relief)!
Ron is preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Lemke. He is survived by his favorite hunting and fishing partner, his beloved daughter Loren Tabor of Riviera, TX; mother, Vernell Lemke of Goliad; brother, Mike Lemke (Kathyren) of Victoria; sisters, Julie Kieschnick (Douglas) of Bishop, and Denise Johnson (Brent) of Bryan; nephews, Keven Lemke (Jessie) of Cuero, Steven Lemke (Megan) of Victoria, and Jace Johnson of Bryan; great-nephews, Parker and Hayden Lemke of Cuero; great-niece, Maybelle Lemke of Victoria; and his best friends, Chip Pena and Hank Shaper. He will be dearly missed by all.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the trust fund for daughter, Loren Tabor, at Kleberg Bank in Kingsville, TX

Elton Elum Lockwood was born August 28, 1924, in Bishop, TX and passed away February 11, 2017, in Kingwood, TX at the age of 92. Elton served his country during World War II as a medic in the Philippines and during the occupation of Japan for the U.S. Army. After returning home he married his wife of 54 years, Anita Herring Lockwood and together they raised two children. He was employed by Celanese Chemical Company where he worked as a pipefitter and maintenance scheduler for 41 years. After retiring, he spent a great deal of time at his beloved family ranch along with his children and grandchildren. Elton was a lifelong resident of Bishop, TX. Elton was a Mason, and a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church for 66 years. On February 11, 2016, he came to live closer to his son Dave and wife Donna in Kingwood, TX where he enjoyed being near family and not having to cook his own meals. He is preceded in death by his wife, Anita; daughter, Carol Gay Carney and his parents, Elum and Hilda Lockwood. He is survived by his son, Dave Lockwood and wife Donna; grandchildren Brad Lockwood, Dana Lockwood White and husband Vince, Ryan Lockwood and wife Taylor, Michelle Yeglin and husband Jeremy, and Megan Carney and his six precious great grand girls; Jordan Lockwood, Ashton Lockwood, Zoe Lockwood, Eva Lockwood, Kayla Lockwood and Cameron White as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Kingwood United Methodist Church with a one hour visitation prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. in the church parlor with a reception to follow the service.
Mr. Lockwood will be interred alongside his wife in Restland Memory Park in Bishop, TX on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. A reception for his lifelong friends and the congregation of the First United Methodist Church of Bishop will follow.
For those desiring, Memorial Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Bishop P.O. Box 387, Bishop, TX 78343 or to the Bishop Cemetery Association at P.O. Box 142 Bishop, TX 78343 or online at
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Rebecca “Becca” Ann Mitchell passed away December 27, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas after a long battle with cancer. She was born September 1, 1949 in Kingsville, Texas to Rae and M. J. Mitch Mitchell.
She dedicated her life to working with children as an educator. Becca was an elementary school teacher for many years, capping her career as principal of Carson Elementary School. Despite serving hundreds of students per year, she knew every child by name. She applied this skill to her daily life as well — she never knew a stranger. She received the Yellow Rose of Texas Education Award. Becca was a member of P.E.O., Holly Garden Club, Phi Delta Kappa and an active member of University United Methodist Church.
Becca will be missed by a host of family members and an abundance of friends. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the START Center for their professional care and concern and also her devoted caregivers.
The family suggests memorials be made to the START Center, 4383 Medical Dr., San Antonio, TX 78229 or the Assistance League of San Antonio, Operation School Bell, PO Box 13130, San Antonio, TX 78213. A private burial will be held at a later date.

Mildred Kelly Brown, age 98, a former longtime resident of Bishop, Baytown, Bandera, and Sugar Land, Texas, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, December 22, 2016, in Richardson, Texas. She was born in August of 1918 in Bishop, Texas to John Sanford Kelly and Ida Harlan Kelly. She married Harold Bannan Brown, also of Bishop, October 17, 1948, at the home of her parents. Mildred and Harold met in the second grade. After graduating from Bishop High School, Mrs. Brown attended A&I College, Kingsville, Texas, where she graduated with a BBA degree in business and a minor in English. She taught school 21 years, including Primera High School in Harlingen and Sinton High School in Sinton prior to her marriage; then later teaching elementary school in Baytown after their daughters were born. From 1944 to 1948 she served as Assistant County Superintendent of Nueces County in Corpus Christi. Mr. D. D. Snow was County School Superintendent at that time.
In 1978 she retired from teaching, and her husband, Harold, retired from Tenneco Oil Company. They moved from Baytown to Bandera. Together they traveled, gardened, and just enjoyed the beautiful Texas hill country. Mrs. Brown was very active in the Bandera County Republican Party and the Bandera County Extension Homemakers Club.
At the age of 13 she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, joining the First Baptist Church in Bishop. Later, as she and her husband moved, they held membership at Memorial Baptist Church in Baytown, First Baptist Church of Bandera, and lastly Sugar Land Baptist Church.
Mildred was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family was very special to her. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; her four brothers, Harlan Kelly, Joe Kelly, Levi Kelly, and Tom Kelly; and her sister, Louise Setliff.
She is survived by their three daughters and son-in-laws, Betty and Jim Oursler of Rockwall, Claudia and Casey Martin of Dallas, and Martha and Brian Baer of Sugar Land; three grandchildren, Matthew Baer of San Antonio, Margaret Baer of Austin, and Nathan Martin of Dallas; many nieces and nephews.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday, December 30th, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with Funeral Services immediately following at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 311 East Fifth Street, Bishop, Texas, with Pastor Lee Ortegon officiating. Graveside services will follow at Restland Cemetery in Bishop, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to the Bishop Restland Cemetery Association or the First Baptist Church of Bishop.

Robert J. “Bob” Mickan, 78, of Austin, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Robert was born on August 5, 1938 in Robstown, Texas to Werner and Lula Mae Mickan.
Robert grew up in Bishop, Texas and attended Bishop High School. He was active in the Future Farmers of America winning various Grand Champions for animals he raised. He also attended St. John’s Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed. He was employed by Hygeia in Corpus Christi for many years. On August 31, 1974, he married Sandra Gail Stephens. They have two sons, Ronnie James Mickan and Ricky Dale Mickan, both from Austin.
He then moved to Austin, Texas and was employed by Borden’s Dairy for 31 years, retiring in 2010. Robert loved spending time with family and traveling. He and his wife, Sandra, often travelled with his brother, Richard, and his wife, Lois. He was also interested in gardening and taking care of his lawn. Robert was a caring and loving person, always there when anyone needed him.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Christopher.
Robert is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandy “Honey” Mickan; 2 sons, Ronnie (Janice) and Ricky (Sherrie); brothers, Richard (Lois) and Roger (Kathi), sisters, Joyce Rice (Bob) and Judy Thomas (Jimmy); five grandchildren, Marriah Lance (Mike), Dakota Mickan, Alexandria Mickan, Jeffery Mickan (Kristi) and Travis Mickan; five great-grandchildren, Emma, Gino, Jaxon, Scarlet, McKenzie; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, Texas.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 9, 2016, at Harrell Funeral Home, Austin, Texas. Interment will follow at Onion Creek Memorial Park, Austin, Texas.
Special thanks to the staff of Senior Care of Onion Creek for their loving care of Bob.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at , or the Wounded Warrior Project at .
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Dan C. Felder, 64, of Bishop, Texas, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2016 in Corpus Christi, Texas following a brief illness.
He was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bishop, Texas. Following his graduation from Bishop High School, he attended Del Mar Technical College. Dan worked for Brown and Root at Celanese before returning to the family farm. He was a farmer in the Concordia Community for many years. Dan loved music and enjoyed all the years he shared with his friends in the Jukebox Cowboys Band where he played the drums. Dan treasured his family and friends, his love of farming, and caring for his animals.
Preceding him in death were his parents and grandparents.
Dan is survived by Cindy, his loving wife of 33 years; children: Jerrett (Pattie) Helmick of Bishop, and Brianna (Chris) Hellmann of Corpus Christi; sisters: Jane (Edward) Jungmann of Bishop, Diana (Richard) Amo and Lynette (Lee) Tiller of Corpus Christi; grandchildren: Rylin Helmick, William and Walker Burch, Cameron Hellmann, Caroline Hellman and a grandchild due in January; in addition, there are numerous nieces, nephews, and relatives.
A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, August 18, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bishop. Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 801 E. Main St., Bishop, TX 78343.

Carl David Hanoch passed away last night about 2 a.m. (July 21 or 22) Pacific time in Wenatchee, Washington, where he had been camping with our son & his family. He had a massive stroke on July 6 & was taken to the nearest hospital. My daughter & I flew up there & were told that he had severe damage to the left side of his brain & would probably never regain use of his right arm & leg or be able to speak or understand. We decided to take him off of life support after a week (last Wed.). He died peacefully in his sleep, & we are thankful that we got to spend the last 11 days with him & that he is in Heaven now.

Charles W. Herber, Jr. passed away June 6, 2016 at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles W. Herber, Sr. and Irene Herber and his sister, Jane Ann Herber.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Herber; sons, Chip Herber (Karen), John Herber (Missy), Bryan Capps (Dee), Michael Capps; and one daughter, Brenda Horner (Rod); nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren; one brother, Claude Frank Herber (Wanda).
Charles was an avid hunter and golfer. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home, 12497 Leopard, Corpus Christi. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Runge Cemetery in Runge, Texas.

Richard Craig Jackson, was born to Alice Marie Bowles Jackson and William Taylor Jackson in Luling, TX, on August 1, 1935 and passed from this life on 06/06/16 at age 80.
Craig’s father was an oil field “roughneck” and the family
moved around Texas before settling in Bishop, Texas in 1946 where Craig attended public school from the fifth grade through graduation from Bishop High School in 1953. Craig attended Texas A&M College and then served in the U.S.
Army’s 11 th and 82 nd Airborne Divisions before honorable discharge from the U. S. Army reserve in1962. He began working with Eastern Air Lines in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1956.
Craig and his first wife Martha had four daughters and the
family relocated to Miami, FL in 1966 when Craig was promoted to management at Eastern’s corporate headquarters; he held various management jobs in Miami,
Atlanta and Daytona Beach. He was employed with Eastern for 35 years, retiring in Daytona Beach, FL when Eastern ceased operations in 1991.
Craig married Raelynn Coake Lewis while working in management at the Volusia County Daytona Beach International Airport. After retiring Craig and Raelynn moved from Florida to Blairsville, Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Raelynn, daughters, Tammey Jackson, Debra MacLeod, Charlotte Brunelle, Barbara Bissonnette, three step daughters, several grandchildren, and former wife Martha Prestipino.
Craig was a Christian and baptized in the Baptist, Catholic and Lutheran faiths. His remains will be interred in Luling, Texas, Highsmith cemetery, Bowles family plot. A memorial service will be held at Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville GA on 06/11/16 at 11:00am.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Blairsville Humane Society, 129 Bowling Gap Circle, Blairsville GA 30512 or Homestead Hospice, 97 Deep South Farm Rd Unit #2, Blairsville GA 30512.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville. Please share your condolences with the family on our website,

Joyce Marie Tynes, 80, of Waco, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016, in Waco. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 6, at OakCrest Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 7, at OakCrest Funeral Home with Father Cyril officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in West.
Joyce was born Woodsboro, Texas, to the late Fred Frank Cocek Sr. and Georgia Ann Nemecek Cocek. She graduated from Bishop High School and attended Providence School of Nursing and graduated from MCC where she became a Registered Nurse. Joyce married Dalton E. Tynes on February 11, 1955. She worked for the VA Hospital in Waco for 29 years. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellmead, and the Catholic Daughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dalton; a grandson, Dalton Mitchell Tynes; and a great-granddaughter, Cate McCafferty.
Survivors include her best buddy, Pancho; daughters, Dalene London and husband, Carl, and Ann Goldsmith and husband, Mike; sons: William “Joey” Tynes, Phillip Tynes and wife, Tracy, Blake Tynes and Autsuko; as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Bridget R. Dube, age 76, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in San Antonio. She was born in Beeville, Texas on October 20, 1939. Bridget loved being an educator. She spent a lifetime, over 50 years, dutifully serving the public school system in San Antonio as a high school chemistry teacher. She was proud of the young lives she touched every day. Her other passions included travel, Bible study, and quilting. She was particularly proud of being able to travel the world in the company of close friends, her daughter and grandchildren; sharing the experiences through their eyes as well as her own. Bridget was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother and friend. She made sure to keep up with the activities and accomplishments of everyone whether family or friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorse and Mary Richards, and her son, John Alan Dube. Bridget is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, John C. Dube of San Antonio; daughter, Alyson Dube Perrine and husband, Michael of Austin; grandchildren, Michael Bruce Perrine, Jr., Mary Katherine Perrine Szyman and husband, Mark, Matthew John Alan Perrine of Austin; as well as several aunts and numerous cousins.
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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Haiti Mission, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 6914 Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, TX 78240.

Marvin Lester Kaiser, age 77 of Pasadena, Texas was called home to be with Jesus on May 12, 2016. Marvin was born on October 27, 1938 in Kingsville Texas to Lester and Hertha Kaiser in Bishop Texas.
Marvin is survived by his mother Hertha Kaiser and preceded in death by his father Lester Kaiser. He is survived by Lois Kaiser, his sons Steven Kaiser and wife Christie, Mark Kaiser and wife Loretta. He is also survived by grandchildren, Mariah Vasquez and husband Jose, Cody Kaiser, Hope Kaiser, and Audrey Kaiser, great-grandchild Emma and two on the way, and his brothers Danny Kaiser (Claire) and David Kaiser and many nieces and nephews.
Marvin’s devotion for his family carried him thru tough times after he suffered a heart attack, which ended his truck driving career. He will be remembered by the million plus miles he traveled cross country driving 18 wheelers across this great nation and into Canada. His CB radio handle of “Hammerhead” fit, due to his sometimes stubborn nature. While at times he could be stubborn, his strong work ethic, and his drive to succeed, developed as a child helping his father on the farm, and as a carpenter, which built the foundation for his success later in life. His love of woodworking brought him many hours of pleasure turning and shaping wood into beautiful pens, pencils, bowls and many other projects.
​A memorial service celebrating Marvin’s life will be held at 6:00pm,Wednesday, May 18, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

Calvin Henry Fuchs, age 71, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at his home in Bishop, Texas.
He was born on June 26, 1944 to Henry Albert and Gertrude Stoebner Fuchs in Kingsville Texas.
Calvin was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bishop, Texas, a member of the American Legion and the Elks Lodge. He previously worked for Celanese, the King Ranch, and the U.S.D.A. as well as for City Lumber and A & R Lumber companies in Kingsville, Texas.
A cowboy at heart, Calvin enjoyed riding horses, working cattle while he was able. In recent years he enjoyed fishing, dove hunting, barbecuing, spending time with his friends and family, and was an avid reader of Louis L’Amour novels and loved watching westerns on television.
Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Gertrude Fuchs, and one brother, David Fuchs.
He is survived by his former wife and beloved companion, Joan Fling of Bishop, Texas; his daughter, Janelle (Wade) Keith of Friendswood, Texas; two grandsons, Kyle and Blaine Keith; two sisters, Carolyn (Lynn) Beadle of Gatesville, Texas, and Janice (Delbert) Meier of Bishop Texas; his beloved pets, Jake and Jessie, and dear friends, Jim and Kay Jacobs and Ralph and Shirley Duffey, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Memorial Service Celebration of Life will be held at 2:30 p.m. with Vicar Joel Nye officiating on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at St. John Lutheran Church, 301 E. Main St., Bishop, Texas

Fred Stuart Wilson died peacefully at Houston Hospice on April 8, 2016, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 81.
Fred is survived by his son, Fred Stuart Wilson, Jr., his daughter-in-law, Cara Wilson, and his beloved grandson, Charlie Wilson. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Tom Short; sister-in-law Elizabeth Tinney Wilson; stepdaughter Kathy Harper; nephews Tom Short, Jr., and Travis Wilson; and nieces Judy Kent, Linda Socha, Michelle Lee Wilson-Smolen and Kim Guerra. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Lenora Wilson, his brother, Michael Leon “Mickey” Wilson, and his sister, Clara Janet (Wilson) Short.
Fred was born on October 9, 1934, in Weleetka, Oklahoma to Leon Wilson and Lenora (Spiller) Wilson. After the family moved to Texas, Fred grew up in Bishop and, working at a gas station, paid his way to attend Texas A&I University in Kingsville. Fred graduated, cum laude, from Texas A&I with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. In 1957, he took a position with Creole Petroleum, a subsidiary of Exxon, working on projects on or near Lake Maricaibo, Venezuela. Fred stayed with Exxon for the rest of his career, seeing the world with assignments in South America, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and Southeast Asia. He was fluent in Spanish and “pretty good” in Italian, as he made it a point to embrace the art and culture of the locations in which he found himself.
Fred married Mary Gwynne Davidson in 1965, and together they welcomed one child, Fred Jr., in 1967. Fred also welcomed being a stepfather to Kathy Lynn (Felts) Harper. Though Fred and Gwynne were divorced in 1974, he remained supportive to Gwynne and close to Kathy and her family. Indeed, Fred took great pleasure in following the lives of younger generations, encouraging a son, a step-daughter, nieces, nephews, or a grandchild to embrace education and hard work. He was a most supportive father and his lessons will not be forgotten.
Fred was a generous individual who loved music, football, and a good steak. Though he considered himself withdrawn, he was in fact a gregarious, open soul who was often the light in the room. He was witty. He loved a good joke. He was faithful. He was loyal. He was authentic. He was loved.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, April 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Houston, located at 1320 Main Street at Clay, with a reception to follow at the church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Fred’s life. Memorial remembrances may be made in honor of Fred’s life to the American Cancer Society or to Houston Hospice, which cared so well for Fred and his family in his last days.

Natalie Michalk Felder/Wolter, 86, of Bishop, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 28, 2016. She was born October 2, 1929, to John G. and Irma Bertram Michalk. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bishop, Texas. She was a member of LWML at St. Paul and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Natalie is survived by her two sisters, Mary (Dale) Rauh and Gert (Jim) Kosik; two sisters-in-law, Kathy Michalk and Elvira Michalk; four children, Ted (Laura) Felder, Philip Felder, Ken (Debbie) Felder, and Paulette (Tommy) Pugh; grandchildren, Leigh Garza, Kristin (Ron) Branyon, Kendra (Chris) Bartlett, Matthew Ray Felder, Tim (Amanda) Felder, Billy Pugh, and Kayla Pugh; 11 great-grandchildren with another arriving in June; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and relatives in the surrounding area.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Larry, Gene, and Franklin Michalk; sister-in-law Margie (Gene) Michalk; and daughter-in-law Connie (Philip) Felder.
Natalie received an award for selling the most war bonds during World War II. She also kept a scrap book of all the Bishop boys in service during the war.
Family will receive friends and relatives from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2nd at Turcotte-Piper Mortuary. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, May 3rd at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bishop with Pastor Matthew Ulmer officiating. Burial will follow at Concordia cemetery. A family and friends fellowship and meal will be provided after the graveside service at St. Paul Lutheran Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 801 East Main Street, Bishop, Texas 78343.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, Kingsville, Texas.

Michael Anthony Rodriguez, age 47, a resident of Bishop, Texas passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016 in Kingsville. He was born July 23, 1968 in Kingsville to Teodoro Rodriguez Sr. and SanJuana Garza Rodriguez. Michael was employed for Thermodynamic Design and Manufacturing as a machine shop foreman in Robstown, Texas. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Bishop.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Teodoro Rodriguez Jr. and Tomas Rodriguez, both of Alice, Texas; one sister, Anna Ortega of Kingsville; and one brother-in-law, Charlie Goetsch of Bishop.
He is survived by his wife, DeLydia Mejia-Rodriguez of Bishop; three sons, Michael Anthony Rodriguez Jr. (Lilly), Joshua C. Rodriguez and Jeremy Jacob Rodriguez, all of Bishop; two brothers, Tim Rodriguez (Janie) and Mark Rodriguez, both of Bishop; five sisters, Ofelia Pena (Alvaro) of Kingsville, Ovelia Morales of Paulding, Ohio, Janie Odom (Bob) of Kingsville, Alice Pollitt (Jeff) of Arkansas and Mary R. Goetsch of Bishop; three sisters-in-law, Irma Rodriguez and Nelda Rodriguez, both of Alice, Sofia Mejia (Kenny) of Kingsville; brother-in-law, Bruno Mejia Jr. of Kingsville; father-in-law, Bruno Mejia Sr. of Kingsville; mother-in-law, Janie Esquivel (Albert) of Corpus Christi, Texas; three grandchildren; special niece whom Michael raised, Brhianna Lynn Mejia of Kingsville; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary Chapel. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church, Bishop with Fr. James Stembler as celebrant. Burial will follow in Bishop at the St. James Catholic Cemetery.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, Kingsville.

Kathleen “Kathy” Bernice Striffler
(April 20, 1962 – March 21, 2016)
Kathleen “Kathy” Bernice Striffler was born into a Navy family, in Newport, Rhode Island on April 20, 1962. Her parents were John Patrick and Doris Ann Shelley FitzSimon.
She grew up in many places but spent most of her childhood in Bishop, Texas. She went through the Bishop school system and graduated in 1981. Kathy was always active in all school events. In Texas, football is the big event and Kathy was always a big participant in all activities, including the pep club, car rallies, bon fires, and other events that sprung up with the school. Every year since middle school Kathy was an office aide – a position that she excelled in. It always brought her great joy and pride to find a way to be helpful in any way possible.
After high school she met and married the man she would love unconditionally for 32 years – Henry William Striffler. They were married in 1983 in Bishop, Texas. They moved to Victoria, Texas where they had their daughter Jessica in 1985. Their next stop in life was to Rexburg, Idaho in 1988 where they would live the rest of their married life.
In 1992 they added a son, Glenn, to their family. It was in Rexburg that Kathy would make her unique impact on the community. Because she worked in many places she came to know many people, but the one place that really expanded her circle of friends was working for the schools, where she served as crossing guard, lunch lady and a helping hand to everyone. J
Another important facet to Kathy’s circle was her sense of community which included the LDS church that held her faith, as well as the many other churches of her extended family. Her friendship knew no boundaries and one’s position in the community was immaterial. She saw and cherished each person for exactly who they were and made them feel like each one was the center of her world. As much as all of her extended family meant to her, the truce center of her universe was Henry, Jessica and Glenn. There was no doubt how much pride and love she had for all three of them.
Kathy Striffler’s life is proof to all of us that one person can made a dramatic impact on so many lives, not through fame, wealth or influence, but through her infectious smile and joy for life. This is her legacy that we should all take with us in life.
Funeral services, for Kathy, were held on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 with interment in the Rexburg Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to

​Alfred Leroy (Al) Nelson passed away on March 13, 2016. He was born on March 8, 1933 to Sam and Ophelia (Tumlinson) Nelson in Bishop, Texas. He attended Schreiner Institute and graduated from Bishop High School and Texas A&I. He was a veteran of the United States Army. After serving in the Army, Al was employed by Southern Minerals. He served as business manager for Sinton ISD and later retired as business manager of Gregory-Portland ISD. He also worked at First Community Bank of Corpus Christi. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Portland as well as the Masons, Texas Association of School Business Officials, and the Portland Kiwanis Club. He was on the Board of Directors of the San Patricio Municipal Water District for thirty years. Besides spending time with friends and family, Al enjoyed hunting and “talking cattle”.
Al is survived by his wife Mary Lou, his brother Kenneth Nelson of Bishop, Texas, daughter-in-law Nancy Nelson of Kingsville, grandson Travis (Laura) and great-grandson Samuel of Corpus Christi, and granddaughter Katie Nelson of Kingsville.
Besides his parents, he is predeceased by an infant son, his son Sam Nelson, and his brother Robert Nelson.
A celebration of Al’s life is to be at the First United Methodist Church of Portland, 4545 Wildcat Drive, on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. A visitation and reception will precede the service at twelve noon at The First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at 3:30 pm at the Restland Memory Park in Bishop, Texas
Those who wish to send tributes other than flowers might consider the memorial fund of the First united Methodist Church of Portland.

Herman Lee “Hank” Temple of Pleasanton passed away Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the age of 79. He was born December 27, 1936 in Wilson, Oklahoma to Ralph Lee and Maudie Christine (Ashley) Temple. Herman is survived by his loving wife, Pat S. (Tucker) Temple of Pleasanton; son, John Temple of Pleasanton; daughters, Chris Bello and Carrie Barnes and husband Tom both of Pleasanton; brother, Harold W. Temple and wife Audrey of Plain View and sister, Opal Zamzow and husband Allen of Three Rivers. He is also survived by grandson, Justin Lee Temple and wife Aimee and great-grandchildren, Kadyn Lee, Zander Kage and Konnor Ray. Herman is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Maudie Temple. Services will be held at Hurley Funeral Home, 118 W. Oaklawn Road in Pleasanton on Monday, February 22, 2016 with visitation starting at 9:00 am to 11:00 am and a funeral service at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Elim Lutheran Cemetery in Pawnee.

Archer Bowers Teas, age 92, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, February 11, 2016 in Bishop, Texas. He was born in Lockhart, Texas on July 15, 1923 to Eula Belle and Norman Archer Teas.
A United States Army Air Corp veteran, Archer retired from Celanese Corporation after 30 years of service as a shift supervisor. He farmed for over 70 years in the Bishop area. Archer loved playing golf and scored a few Holes In One in his lifetime, scoring the last one when he was 75 years old.
Battles and Campaigns: Rome Arno, Southern France, Air Combat Balkans per 1tr as amended Hq MTOUSA 10 Nov 44. 4th & 5th BS North Appenines & PO Valley per 1tr MTOUSA 9 May 45.
Decorations and Citations: EAME Ribbon w/3 BS WD Cir 62/44. Am Theatre WD Cir 62/44. Air Medal GO 124 Hq 12 AF. 1st OLC to AM Go 185 Hq 12 AF. 2d OLC to AM GO 192 12AF. 3d OLC to AM GO 5 Hq 12AF. Dist Unit Citation GO 85 Hq 12AF. Victory Medal World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of 50 years, Jeanne Teas.
Archer was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed. His pride and joy were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his children, Tommy (Lisa) Teas of Conroe, Texas, Terrie (Glenn) Coleman of Corpus Christi, Texas and Tim (Tracy) Teas of Sierra Vista, Arizona; grandchildren, Amanda (Jim) Turner, Debbie & Jennifer Teas, Cody (Kassidy) Coleman, Brent (Stephanie) Coleman, Morgan, Avery and Matthew Teas; and great-grandchildren, Cylas and Camille Coleman.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Azalea Jimenez who was his loving caretaker for several years and who was by his side day and night.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary Chapel with Reverend Clif Abshier officiating. Interment will follow at Restland Cemetery in Bishop.
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Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd., Kingsville, Texas 78363.

Sharon Ann (Sughrue) Titcomb
January 27, 1942, Corpus Christi, Texas – January 11, 2016, Thousand Oaks, California.
As the earth’s joy grew dim and eternity smiled down on our blessed Sharon, she took the hand of God and walked through the gates of Heaven on Monday at 11:19 a.m., she was surrounded by devoted and cherished friends and in the arms of her husband Chuck Titcomb, son Todd Titcomb and granddaughters Kailani and Makenzie Titcomb.
Sharon was born in Corpus Christi, Texas to Frank and Gladys Sughrue. At the time they were living in Ingleside, TX. A few years passed and the family moved to Bishop, TX where she was raised, attending grade school and high school. After graduation she moved to Corpus Christi to continue her education and she worked as a secretary. There she met and married her beloved husband, Chuck Titcomb. Just after the wedding, she and her husband embarked on the first of many adventures, moving to Honolulu, Hawaii. They spent 3 and a half years on the island and she attended the University of Hawaii while Chuck was flying in the Pacific. Then they left the Navy, moved to the Valley, where their son Todd was born and Chuck began working for the airlines. After a brief time they moved to Thousand Oaks, where they have since resided.
Upon her father’s passing she became inspired to pursue a career in the medical field. Sharon could accomplish anything she set her mind to and she enrolled in nursing school at Pierce College and graduated as an R.N. in 1978. Later on, to satisfy her creative desires, she had other aspirations as well and attended classes in interior design. She pursued her career as a nurse working in the ER, cancer ward, in clinics, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and later on in home health. Her caring nature, passion for helping the elderly and her determination and tenacity drove her to achieve another lifetime goal and she opened 6 R.C.F.Es (residential care facilities for the elderly). She provided care for 36 residents and employed 45 caregivers, as the owner and administrator.
Sharon was, a compassionate nurse, a determined entrepreneur and an accomplished interior decorator. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed traveling the U.S., Europe, the Mediterranean and Caribbean and making friends all over the world.
Family and friends were Sharon’s passion and delight. Sharon was a very special person and you knew it while in her presence. She had a multitude of friends and the ability to extend herself to others. She took great care in the nurturing of all of those in her life. Sharon was exceptional, with an open heart and a warm smile. She radiated kindness, intelligence and charm. She was very charismatic, people were naturally drawn to her because of her genuine grace and warm, caring nature.
Throughout her life she won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing, love and faith. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her warm smile, laughter, and kindness, will never be forgotten. She had the most generous loving heart and touched many lives with her presence. Her family and friends will always be thankful for the gift that was her life.
Sharon is lovingly remembered by her husband of 50 years, Chuck Titcomb; her son Todd Titcomb (Raluca); granddaughters, Kailani and Makenzie Titcomb; brother Dr. Robert Sughrue; nephews Jeffrey Sughrue, Jason Sughrue, Joshua Lass Sughrue (Christie, Laila); nieces Kelly Shaw and Lelia Lass Sughrue. Sharon’s life was filled with the love of her extended family to include her beloved Gina Rothaupt, David Rothaupt, Joshua and Jordan Rothaupt, Georgina Lopez; also Lina Padilla, Jose Cabrera, (the past and present Cottages of the Oaks staff, as well as many friends and family; and her beloved dogs, Emma, Winston and Suggie.
Sharon is preceded in death by her father Frank Sughrue and her mother Gladys Sughrue.
You left us peaceful with joyful memories, your love will always be our guide and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Rest in God’s arms, dance and sing with the angels and we will catch up with you later.
Funeral services in California will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, at New Hope Lutheran Church, 29295 Agoura Rd., Agoura. Celebration of her life will follow after the service at the church’s social center. Funeral services in Texas will be held at the Ingelside Methodist Church, Ingelside, Texas, time and date to be determined. Interment will be at the Prairie View Cemetery, with a celebration of her life to follow.
Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, Thousand Oaks, (805) 230-2800.

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

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.
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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.

Julia Jane Bartine was born on September 29, 1926 in Goree, Texas to Edgar McCoy and Cardelia Eugenia Allen McCoy. On January 18, 1947, she married Carl David Bartine. He preceded her in death in 1995. She has lived in Katy since 1993, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church. Julia was an avid tennis player when she was younger, and most recently was a member of the AARP Club.
Julia passed away on Friday, June 19, 2015, in Katy, at the age of 88 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Jo Guzick and her husband Louis M. of Katy; son, David L. Bartine and his wife Julie Ann of Katy; grandchildren, Sarah Renee Donovan, Julia Leah Guzick, William Johnson, James Johnson, Carl Pierce Bartine, and Chloe Elizabeth Bartine; and great grandson, Christian Monogold. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Alton Winslow McCoy and Edgar McCoy, Jr.; sisters, Ola Lee Pearson, Ola Fay McCoy, and Helen John Buck; and a daughter, Carol Ann Johnson and her husband Larry Johnson.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, in Katy. Visitation and graveside are pending at Turcotte Funeral Home and at the Restland Cemetery in Bishop, Texas.
Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the Bishop Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 142, Bishop, TX 78343 or to the First Baptist Church, 600 Pin Oak Rd., Katy, TX 77494.
Condolences may be expressed at
Funeral services held under the direction of
Schmidt Funeral Home
1508 East Avenue ~ Katy, Texas 77493 ~ (281) 391-2424

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.

Euell Herring, age 95, of Aliceville, Ala., died February 13, 2015, at home. A Memorial Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, February 16, 2015, at Aliceville First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tim Alexander officiating. A private graveside service will be held at Franconia Oak Grove Cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Cox Herring; his parents; and siblings.
He is survived by his daughter, Betty Owens and husband, Ken, of Aliceville, Ala.; son, Don Herring and wife, Jill, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; grandchildren, Kristy Capps (Billy), Jonathan Herring, Heather Anderson (Michael Cousino), Gray Smith, Oliver Owens, Tanner Herring, and Taylor Owens; great-grandchildren, Kolby Bowman, Brayden Anderson, Kylee Anderson, and Dalton Cousino; and special caregivers, Felicia Sommerville and Roberta Colvin.
Mr. Herring was born October 1, 1919, to the late Homer and Zelma Bicknell Herring. He was a retired supervisor for Huyck Felt Plant, and also opened the Sears Store in Aliceville. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a member of the Aliceville First United Methodist Church, and a well-known and respected resident of Pickens County.
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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.
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 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.

James Bryan Dodson, 31, of Corpus Christi, a caring husband, farmer, musician, compassionate friend, and believer in Jesus Christ, went to be with his Savior on March 28, 2014.
Bryan is survived by his wife, Annalicia G. Dodson of Corpus Christi; his parents, Barbara and Jimmy Dodson of Robstown; sisters Lori McDonald (Scott) of Corpus Christi and their children Caleb, Anna, Abby, and Seth; Licia Massa (Travis) of Clarksville, TN, and their son Tate; Grandmother Geneva Coleman of Angleton; his wife’s parents Santos and Andres Gonzalez Jr. of Bishop, his wife’s sister Melissa Gonzalez of McAllen, his wife’s brother Andres Gonzalez III (Marie) and their son Liam of Houston. Bryan is also survived by a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and extended family.
Bryan graduated with honors from Bishop High School and studied Philosophy at Texas A&M, College Station before coming home to join the family farming operation. He was owner and operator of his own cotton, grain, and corn production operation and was Vice President of Dodson Farms, Inc. Bryan was generous and compassionate, and spent much time and energy helping others. He was sensitive and a knightly gentleman. He loved philosophy and a spirited debate. He had a great sense of humor and especially enjoyed sharing laughter and stories with friends and family. He poured himself into his passion for music and played guitar, piano and composed. He enjoyed playing and singing in his church’s praise band. He loved his wife and family. He was focused on being the best uncle imaginable for his nephews and nieces, who adored him. Bryan loved the farm, the land, and was maturing into his chosen life work. Above all, he was serious about integrity and his faith. He trusted Christ very early in life and experienced God’s love and faithfulness. He was active in his church youth group and was a leader in music and mission activities. He was a good man, but knew that anything good in him was from God.
Family will receive friends at a visitation service on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Seaside Memorial Park Chapel, 4357 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 3115 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas, with internment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
While any expression of support and remembrance is appreciated, the family requests that any memorial gifts be made to Corpus Christi Community Church, 4833 Saratoga Blvd #259, Corpus Christi, TX 78413. Bryan was a charter member of this new church start, and he was excited that the church is about to purchase land for its first building.
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Originally published Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Leonard Ray Michalk, an Alvin resident and formerly of Bishop, Texas, passed away at the age of 65 in Webster, Texas. Leonard was born on July 10, 1948 to Albert and Mildred Michalk of Bishop, Texas.
He was a former member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bishop, Texas. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, Santa Fe, Texas. He graduated from High School and Del Mar College. He retired from Lyondell Corporation as a Supervisor after 28 years of service. He was a loving father, husband, brother, uncle and friend who will be dearly missed. He always had good advice and was a best friend to many who had the privilege to know him.
He was preceded in death by his beloved son Jason Kyle Michalk and his beloved parents Albert and Mildred Michalk. Leonard is survived by his loving wife Daisy Hanson Michalk of Alvin, Texas, brother Morris Michalk and sister Shirley Michalk of Bishop, Texas.
Viewing will be Friday, February 28, 2014 from 12 to 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church Bishop, TX and Funeral Services at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Matthew Ulmer officiating.
Burial to follow at Concordia Cemetery in Bishop, TX.
Arrangements are entrusted to Froberg Funeral Home, Alvin, TX 281-331-3194.
Originally published Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sharon Kay Kelley Meadors, age 63, went to be with the Lord on December 27, 2013. She was born on April 13, 1950 to W. E. “Bud” and Martha Jean Kelley in Robstown, Texas. Sharon was raised in Bishop, Texas. She graduated from Bishop High School. Sharon retried as CEO of Padre Behavior Hospital. Sharon was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She will always be remembered for her unconditional love, generosity, kindness, and ability to help other people.
Sharon is preceded in death by her father, W.E. “Bud” Kelley.
She is survived by her mother, Martha Jean Kelley; daughter, Brandy Wagenschein (Chris); son, Bo Patrick (Tammy); sisters, Karen Labarera (Nick), Judie Weaver Manning (Jack); grandchildren, Hunter Wagenschein, Ashten Wagenschein, Madison Wagenschein, and Tori Kuntz; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

Cynthia Kubsch Slater was born September 26, 1958 in Corpus Christi, Texas to the late Clarence Walter Kubsch and Nathalie Lydia Hoff Kubsch. After a battle with cancer, she passed away October 27, 2013 at the age of 55.
Her daughter Ashlea Dodd and brother Clarence Kubsch, Jr. preceded her in death. Survivors include husband Jim Slater of Bay City, sister Lynette Shierry & husband Randy of Hallsville, TX; brother Delmer Kubsch & wife Andrea of Tyler, TX; step-children Gage Slater, Katherine Slater & Kaycie Lynn Slater and a number of nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren.
A memorial service honoring her life will be 2:00 PM Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Chaplain Don Storey officiating.

Clay Allen Paschal, age 50, a resident of Austin, Texas and a former resident of Bishop, Texas passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013 in Austin, Texas after a sudden illness. He was born July 18, 1963 in Robstown, Texas to George W. Paschal and Cynthia Kastner Paschal. Clay was employed as a manager for Central Market, Austin, Texas. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his aunt, Sarah Margaret Chambliss.
Clay is survived by his parents, George W. Paschal and Cynthia K. Paschal of Bishop; two brothers, Mitch Paschal (Brett) and Curtis Craig Paschal, both of Bishop; one uncle, Mike Kastner (Karen) of Bishop; two nephews, Wyatt Lee Paschal and Christian Alexander Paschal; and one niece, April Ann Paschal.
Visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 2, 2013 at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, Kingsville. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary Chapel with Claire Dorman Bizzell officiating. Burial will follow in Bishop at Restland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Restland Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 142, Bishop, Texas 78343 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd., Kingsville, Texas.

Dorothy Nix was born March 28, 1926 in Bishop, Texas to William T. and Mabel Davis. One of 10 children, Dorothy was called home to the Lord on Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
Raised on the family farm West of Bishop, Dorothy spent over 50 years in this small Texas town that she loved. Dorothy was married to Calvin B. (CB) Nix for 54 years. During this time, they raised their children Wanda, Roy and Larry.
Dorothy was employed by Celanese as the Food Services Manager overseeing the cafeteria operations for 30 years.
Prior to her relocation to Sugar Land, Dorothy loved spending time at their home on Lake Mathis with friends and family where there was always something cooking on the stove or baking in the oven. She could bake pies and cookies like no other! With a competitive spirit, Dorothy loved a good game of 42, bingo, cards or mahjong. While living in Bishop, she also enjoyed being a member of The Church of Christ and the fellowship with its members.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, CB Nix and son, Roy Nix. She is survived by her daughter, Wanda Donalson and son ,Larry (Judy) Nix, of Sugar Land, Texas; three grandchildren, Kyle (Stacy) Donalson of Fort Worth, Keri Donalson (Kevin) Cooke and Morgan Nix, all of Sugar Land; four great-grandchildren, Brianne, Colin, and Addison Cooke of Sugar Land and Kinsey Donalson of Fort Worth.
A celebration of her life was held at Memorial Oaks in Houston on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Dorothy’s family would like to thank the staff and nurses for the outstanding care she received while living at Bayou Manor.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Jeanne Efird, 68, passed away peacefully in Austin, Texas on Jan. 23, 2013. She was born Doris Jeanne Markos in Austin, Texas, on March 8, 1944, to Doris Dell (Pierce) and Robert Gerald Markos. Jeanne grew up in Bishop, Texas, and graduated from Bishop High School in 1962.
Following graduation from high school, Jeanne attended college at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos until she married Jesse Efird, of Lockhart, on May 31, 1963.
Jeanne held various occupations throughout the years. Her most fulfilling positions were when she was working with disabled children and adults with Bluebonnet Trails and the Department of MHMR in Lockhart.
Jeanne was preceded in death by both parents and her step-father, Elmer A. Wilkerson. She is survived by her husband, Jesse, of Luling, Texas; daughters, Debra Jene’ Efird, of Corpus Christi, and Deann Efird Ries and her husband, Lee, of Copperas Cove; one brother, Robert Markos and his wife, Sue, of Brenham; grandchildren, Christopher Alexander Ries, of Shreveport, La., Ashlee Deann Dugan and her husband, Ryan, of Killeen, and Andrea J. Efird, of Corpus Christi. She is also survived by many nephews and nieces, including Cindy Mitchell of Lockhart.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the McNeil Baptist Church in Luling, Texas. All arrangement will be with Eeds Funeral Home, 408 S. Main St., Lockhart, Texas 78644.

One Response to “Obituaries”

  1. Bert Rucker said

    Came upon your blog by accident—very glad I did! Found out one of my wedding groomsmen (Garland Harrison) had died. We had totally lost touch. One Correction: Lydia Montgomery Peters graduated with me in 1958.

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