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GALVESTON: Calvin Morgan age 88 of Galveston died Thursday February 15, 2018 at his residence in Galveston. Funeral Mass is 11:00am Saturday, February 24, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. . Visitation will begin at 9:00am Saturday at the church.

Born December 12, 1929 in Scott, Louisiana to Windy Morgan and Mercedes Julian Morgan, Calvin was a skilled Carpenter. He was a member of St. Patrick’s where he enjoyed attending church. He loved to play the Play Station with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed picking up lunch and sitting on the beach where he could enjoy his Island home. He was a great cook and wonderful leader for his family and many friends.


Calvin Morgan



Barbara Ann Vasquez, 55, passed away on Wednesday February 7, 2018 in Houston, Tx. She was born on
June 14, 1962 in Victoria, Tx to the late Johnny C. and Mary Ellen Garcia Vasquez. Barbara attended LaMarque
ISD. She was a cancer survivor of MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome). Jack Vasquez was her bone-marrow donor.
Barbara is survived by her ex-husband Agustin Rubio Sr., sons Agustin Rubio Jr. (Lupita) and Abraham Cornelious
Vasquez, daughters Abril Maria Rubio and Bianaca Marie Rubio. Sisters Mary eresa Papillion (Mark) and
Katherine Ann DeLaFuente (Eudelio Jr.), Brothers Juan Vasquez (Mary), William Joe Vasquez, Nicholas Anthony
Vasquez (Eustacia), James Evan Vasquez and Jack Earl Vasquez. She was also preced in death by her sister
Mary Jane Perez.

12 grandchildren with 2 on the way. Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Neices, Nephews and Friends.




It is with sadness that the family of JoAnn Bessire announces her passing at her 26 year residence in Bayou Vista on February 7, 2018 just ten days following her 83rd birthday.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Nellie Palmer for the care of JoAnn during her illness.

She is preceded in death by the father of her children Doyle, son Dennis, and Aunt Jimmie Copeland, her shining star who guided her thru life.

She is survived by daughter Rene (Roger), son Johnny (Teresa), daughter-in-law Nora, and grandchildren Denise and Denny (Jen).

She was as strong as the elephants that lined her shelves and as beautiful as the butterflies on her walls.

A Memorial Service will be at 11:00am on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque.



Larry Lee Moreland passed away at The Crossing on February 11, 2018, surrounded by his beloved family.  A longtime resident of Alvin, Texas he was born on November 18, 1942 to Troy and Hazel Moreland in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was married to Catherine Carlson for 14 years. Larry served his country in the United States Marine Corp, attended University of Houston, and worked in Houston area chemical plants and refineries for almost 40 years. He retired to life full of family, friends, and a Lakehouse on Lake Livingston. His lasting legacy will be that of a loving father, a child of God, a coach, and a friend to everyone he encountered. He will be dearly missed!

Larry was predeceased by his parents Troy and Hazel Moreland and Carol Jo Martin. Larry is survived by his partner Lucille Wilbur. He is also survived by his four children — Lance Moreland and wife Christina of Cypress, TX; Brett Moreland and wife Michelle of Richmond, TX; Natalie Joslin and husband Sean of Williamsburg, VA; and Emily Lunsford and husband Richard of San Antonio, TX.  In addition, he is survived by his grandchildren Bryson Moreland, Madison Kaczynski, Meredith Moreland, Haley Kaczynski, Cole Lunsford, Olivia Lunsford, Ashton Moreland, and Luke Moreland.

Visitation will be from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 with Funeral services to follow at 1:00pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the James Crowder Funeral Home, 401 Texas Ave, La Marque, TX., with Dr. C.O. Magee officiating. Burial will be at Forest Park East Cemetery, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX. Pallbearers will be Lance Moreland, Brett Moreland, Sean Joslin, Rich Lunsford, Bryson Moreland, Danny Trchalek, Cole Lunsford, and Ashton Moreland.



Mack Cravey, 75, of Jesup, Georgia passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 peacefully after a short illness in Clear Lake Shores, TX. He was born November 19, 1942 to Benjamin and Ruby Cravey in Turner County, Georgia.

He was a member of Touched by Faith Ministries International and Gideons International; he is a retired business owner and retired from Georgia Department of Transportation.

Mack is preceded in death by his parents Benjamin and Ruby Cravey; brothers, James and Milton Cravey; sister, Lucille Ponder, all of Ashburn, GA and sister, Carolyn Culpepper of Warner Robins, GA.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Cravey; daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Robert Whitaker; grandson, Joshua Whitaker all of Clear Lake Shores, TX.

A graveside service will be at 2:30pm on Friday, February 9, 2018 at San Jacinto Memorial Park Cemetery in Houston, Texas with Drs. Regina and Jacob Morris officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Touched by Faith Ministries International 2925 Gulf Frwy South, Suite B #226 League City, TX 77573-6750.




Robert “Bobby” Ondrias, Jr., 54, of Texas City passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in La Marque. He was born January 2, 1964 in Texas City to Robert and Frances Ondrias.
He attended Paul’s Union Church. Bobby was raised in La Marque and attended La Marque Schools. He was a resident of Texas City for 28 years.
Bobby is survived by his parents; his wife Terri Ann Ondrias, son Robert George Ondrias, III and his sister Shari Anntionette Gardner.
A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00pm on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque with Pastor Doug McBrayer officiating.



Don M. Grove, III “also known as Ace”, 67, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018 in Madison County. He was born in Galveston on July 9, 1950 to Jackie and Don Grove Jr.
He graduated from Ball High School in 1968. He then attended the Police Academy and joined the Galveston Police Department. Ace retired from the Galveston Police Department as a Lieutenant in 1997, and then the real work started the “day his watch broke”. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, dominoes and cooking on his BBQ pit.
He is preceded in death by his father, grandson Jeremy David Dahl, and sons-in-law Kevin Shotwell and Gene Creel.
Ace is survived by his wife of 39 years, Linda Ann Grove; mother Jackie Grove, daughters: Christy Shotwell, Juliet Dawson and husband Wade, and Dawn Grove; brothers: Mickey J. Grove and wife Judy and Gary D. Grove; grandchildren; Robert E. “RJ” Alexander and his wife Raychel, Rachele Hutchinson and husband James, Paul Alexander, Steven Hooker, and Nicholas Grove; great grandkids, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended adopted family and friends.
A visitation will be on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. Funeral Service will be at 10:00am on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Crowder Funeral Home with Rev. Olan Weaver officiating. Burial will follow at Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, Texas.
Pallbearers will be RJ Alexander, Paul Alexander, Steven Hooker, Nicholas Grove, Todd Steffen, Wade Dawson, James Hutchinson, Mickey Grove, Jr., Lee J. Jones and Charles Hedges.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Tom Knotts, Bill Rankin, Russel Noel, E.G. Wiley and Galveston Police Department.
A special thanks to Madisonville and North Zulch Fire Departments, EMS and Sheriff Department.
In lieu of flowers the family asks you make donations to ALS Association, Alzheimer’s Association or the Charity of your choice.




Joaquin Garcia Castillo passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018.  Joaquin was born on August 16, 1932 to Petronilla and Carlos Castillo.  Joaquin is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Pablo, Heliodoro, Mauro, and Monseis, and his loving, caring, wife of 25 years, Maureen.  Left to cherish Joaquin’s special memories are his brothers Federico, Francisco, Mateo, Felipe, and Carlos Jr., his sisters Simona, Paula, Amada, Luisa, and Alicia and their spouses, his children Daniel, Diana, Ruby, and his devoted son Richard who had cared for his parents the last several years, his grandchildren Shane, Stephanie, Daniel Jr, Stacey, Krista (Eileen), Andrea, and Jared, and 6 great-grandchildren.  Joaquin enlisted in the U.S Air Force, ranked as Senior Master Sergeant and worked as a Crew Chief on B-52 aircraft.  In his free time, he enjoyed swimming at the YMCA, the ocean, fishing, gardening, spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and was a member of the American Legion.  Viewing will be Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10am followed by funeral services at Crowder Funeral Home 401 Texas Ave. La Marque, TX 77568.   After the services conclude, burial and graveside services will be at Houston National Cemetery at 2:00pm.


TEXAS CITY: Sharon Elaine Wielkens age 69 of Hockley, Texas died Saturday February 3, 2018 at her aunt’s residence in Texas City. Funeral services are 1:00pm Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston.

Born November 23, 1948 in Houston, Texas to William L. Collins and Mattie Sharp Collins, Sharon was a 1968 graduate of Sam Houston High School in Houston. She worked as an office manager in the business world most of her life and was affiliated with the Church of Christ. She enjoyed gardening and going to the beach in Galveston. Sharon grew up as a Christian, but like so many drifted away over the years. While sitting on her bed at the hospital with Susan she prayed and accepted Christ January 23, 2018. She will be missed but we know she is awaiting our arrival in heaven one day for a great reunion.

Preceded in death by her parents and a sister Cheryl Blackwell; survivors include brother, Dan L. Collins of Fircrest, Washington; nephew, John P. Blackwell and wife Robin of Houston; aunt, Susan Ann Lichenstein-Evans and husband W. Perry Evans of Texas City; and her beloved pets Emma and Sarah.


Sharon Elaine Wielkens


Trenton Layne Torregrossa, Jr. was born September 16, 1945 and died at home Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was born in Galveston, Texas, one of three children, to the late Dr. Trenton Layne Torregrossa and Josephine Caldarera Torregrossa. Trenton graduated from Ball High School in 1963 and from the University of Houston in 1969 with a BBA in Accounting, where he was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Beta Alpha Psi national accounting honor society. He also attended the Bates College of Law at the University of Houston. Following his education, he served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1971, having attained the rank of Sergeant. After his service, Trenton pursued his accountancy career on the tax staff of prominent firms such as Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., and Arthur Anderson & Co. Company in Houston, Texas, later rising to become Vice President and Comptroller of W.L. Moody & Company Bankers in Galveston, Texas. Subsequently, Trenton founded and ran Torregrossa Company, P.C., a public accounting and financial planning firm. He was a licensed Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Financial Planner, a designated personal Financial Specialist by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator. He was also a licensed Texas real estate broker, insurance agent and private pilot. Trenton was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Certified Financial Planners and The Woodlands Country Club.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn Torregrossa Brandon and Brian Keith Brandon, and grandchildren Austin Layne Brandon, Blake Cortlandt Brandon and Cole Alexander Brandon, all of Houston, Texas; his son and daughter-in-law, Trenton Layne Torregrossa III and Anna Cole Torregrossa, and grandchildren Teagan Ashton Torregrossa, Trenton Layne Torregrossa IV and Ty Landon Torregrossa, all of Trinity, Texas; his daughters, Lauren Marie Torregrossa and Courtney Lynn Torregrossa, both of Austin, Texas; his sister, Carolyn Torregrossa Gaido, of Galveston, Texas; his brother, Allan Cortlandt Torregrossa of Houston, Texas; and the love of his life, Olivia Maceo, of Austin, Texas.

Friends are invited to visitation with the family from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14th at Carnes Funeral Home, 1201 23rd Street, Galveston, Texas 77550. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday February 15th at Sacred Heart Church, 1302 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77550. Father Frank Fabj will be the Celebrant, assisted by Deacon Sam Dell’Olio.

Serving as pallbearers will be Trenton Layne Torregrossa IV, Brian Keith Brandon, Austin Layne Brandon, Blake Cortlandt Brandon, Cole Alexander Brandon, Michael J. Gaido III, David Babson Montgomery and Gavin Vaughn Johnston. Honorary pallbearers are Jon Russ Eversberg, E. Douglas McLeod, Jim Hazlitt, Jim Canion, Jim Gilbert, Ronnie Sapio and Herbert Hildebrand.

In lieu of flowers and remembrances, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486; the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 10777 Northwest Freeway, Houston, Texas 77092; and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741-5014.

Trenton Layne Torregrossa, Jr.


Guadalupe (Lupe) Sendejas passed away peacefully in the early morning of Saturday, February 3 at her home in Galveston surrounded by her family.

Lupe was born in Gulf, Texas on June 19, 1926. She is preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Sendejas, sons, Jesse, Richard and Tony. She is survived by her daughter, Frances Samudio and son Rudy Sendejas. Grand-daughters, Stephanie Sendejas, Melissa Sendejas, Valerie Samudio and numerous great-grandchildren, brother-in-law, Max Sendejas and sisters-in-law, Olivia Mata, Margie Sendejas and Ophelia Sendejas.

Lupe was a devoted and loyal wife to Antonio for over 70 years. Lupe took care of her family tirelessly and generously always being there and never saying No to their needs. The family would like to give a special thanks to Ellie Pacheco for the care of Lupe during her battle with Alzheimer. Also thanks to Lupe’s protectors, ‘D’ and ‘Lil’, the grand-dogs that watched over her.

Visitation will start at 5pm on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont St, with a rosary to be recited at 6:30pm. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am Thursday, February 8, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Galveston, TX 77550. Burial will follow at Mt Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas with a reception following at St Patrick’s parish hall, 1010 – 35th St in Galveston, TX.

Pallbearers will be Elias Samudio, Michael Samudio, Joseph Sendejas, Marty Sendejas, Walter Sendejas and Paul Mata. Honorary pallbearers are Otto Longoria and Guy Mata.


Guadalupe Sendejas


Bernard “Bernie” J. Mundine, 96 of Cypress, Texas, passed away on February 3, 2018 at his home.

Visitation will be Wednesday February 7, 2018; 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Cypress Fairbanks Funeral Home, 9926 Jones Rd. Houston, TX 77065. Funeral Services will be Thursday February 8, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ The Redeemer Catholic Church, 11507 Huffmeister Rd. Houston, TX 77065 with Father Sean Horrigan officiating. Family and friends are invited to attend a reception at the community center located within the church immediately following funeral services. A graveside service with Military Honors will follow the reception at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas. Pallbearers will be Colton Foster, Dakota Hackney, Michael Willis, Britt Sumner, Andrew Hinojosa and Shane Hackney. Honorary Pallbearers will be John Nagy, Mike Hackney, Robert Miller, Mike Moon and Drew Willis.

Bernard was born September 16, 1921 in Houston Texas to Richard and Elizabeth (Wright) Mundine. Mr. Mundine proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corp as well as the Marine Corp Reserves. Bernard was a pilot for Humble Oil/Exxon and The King Ranch and retired in 1982. After retirement, he and his wife June, joyfully traveled the country in their motor home.   Bernard was a devout Catholic and was always quick to offer a prayer of love and hope to anyone. After the passing of June, Bernard later moved in with his daughter Margaret in Cypress and remained active in various activities.

Bernard is preceded in death by his loving wife of 43 years, June; sisters, Mary Sharp, Theresa Nix, Gertrude Greer, Helen Hundley; brothers, Richard Mundine, Raymond Mundine.

Bernard leaves to cherish his memory; Bernard Mundine Jr.(Margaret), Nancy Hackney (Mike), William Mundine (Carol), Maura McCartney, Michael Moon, Terri Dawson, Sherri Willis (Drew), Mary Moon, Margaret Foster; 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews extended family and special friends.

Bernard Mundine


GALVESTON Joseph “Cub” Rickey Mellen, Jr. age 47 of Galveston departed this earth Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Galveston. Funeral services are 10:00am Monday, February 5, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 1:00pm until 4:00pm on Sunday.

Born May 11, 1970 in Galveston, Texas to Joseph R. “Grizzly” Mellen, Sr. and Bonnie Jean Perez Mellen, “Cub” was an HVAC Professional working with his father and best friend, “Grizzly” at Air Control in Galveston. He was a member of the Ball High School class of1988. He enjoyed collecting hot wheels, building, riding and working on motor bikes, cooking crabs, having crawfish boils, loved baking, fishing, Chevy trucks, game nights, spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed spending time on the couch watching movies and his favorite TV shows, Hells Kitchen, Street Outlaws and Pawn Stars etc.

Preceded in death by Grandparents Dorothy J. Perez, David Myrl Mellen and Pearl Lorraine Mellen.

Survivors include his wife Anna and son Joseph “Joey” R. Mellen III; mother Bonnie J. Mellen; father Joseph R. “Grizzly” Mellen Sr. and step-mother Debbie Mellen; brother, Randy J. Mellen Sr. and fiancé Mary Diaz De Leon; niece and God Daughter Elizabeth J. Mellen; nephews James and Ryan Mellen; great-niece Lorali “KiKi” Sanchez; grandfather Frank L. Perez and great-grandmother Willie Mae Burton; father-in-law and mother-in-law Jesse and Maria Rios; sister-in-law Tina (Rick) Leal; brother-in-law Jesse (Leslie) Rios Jr. and their kids; many extended family members and friends. He will be missed by his dogs, Hippie, Dixie and Chewie

Pallbearers are James R. Mellen Jr., Joshua Ryan Mellen, Drew Rios, Lawrence Rios, Jayson Rodriquez, Joshua Villarreal and Roland Peralez. Honorary pallbearers are Pete Valdez Jr. and Jesse Rios Jr.

The Mellen family wishes to acknowledge Dr. Michelle A. Mercatante at UTMB for Joe’s care and friendship for the past 24 years.

My Dad fought everyday for us and showed us how to be a warrior and to keep going no matter how much it hurt. He was the best father anyone could ask for.


Joseph "Cub" Rickey Mellen, Jr.


Joseph Ragan Atchley, 78, of Texas City, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018, at his residence. Joseph was born August 23, 1939, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Albert and Arlie Atchley. He as a retired Boilermaker, and a member of Boilermaker Local No 132. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, his wife: Stella Rose Atchley, and two sisters: Ethel Birmingham and Dixie Philips. He is survived by one daughter: Lynn Pope and husband Darrell of Santa Fe; one son: Joseph P Atchley and wife Tonya of Texas City; three sisters: Fannie Cates, Mary Reeves and Kay Snipes; one brother: Frank Atchley; five grandchildren: Joey Atchley and wife Amber, Wes Kurtz and wife Katy, Lawson Hill and wife Nina, Sammy Atchley and wife Brandi, Jennifer Smith and husband Kevin; three great grandchildren: Penelope Atchley, Parker Kurtz and Sophia Atchley; sister-in-law: Linda Metille (his special inheritance); niece: Deniece Barczak; two brother-in-laws: Charles Christiansen and wife Sandy, and Robert Christiansen and wife Barbara, one sister-in-law: Sissy Stringer and husband Eddie Joe; numerous other nieces and nephews. A visitation will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Friday, February 2, 2018, at James Crowder Funeral Home, La Marque. A graveside Service will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery, in Hitchcock. Interment will follow.



John Frank Barber was born in Orange, Texas October 21, 1923 and passed from this life in Clear Lake Regional Hospital January 28, 2018 at the age of 94, surrounded by the people who loved him. At his bedside was Mary Henderson, his two sons, John Thomas Barber Sr., Douglas L. Barber and other friends.
John joined the Army Air Corp shortly after the start of WW II, rose to the rank of Tech. Sergeant Engineer and waste gunner on B-24 Liberators. He was stationed in North Africa in the 15th Airborne where he flew 50 missions over North Africa, Italy, Poland and Germany. He was highly decorated earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, The Purple Heart and The French National Merit of Honor to name a few.
His entrepreneur spirit lead him to own Barber Motors (Buick and Pontiac Dealership) during the mid1950’s as well as the Barber Lynn Shoppe both in La Marque, Texas. Later, John worked for many years, both in Galveston and Denton Texas, for the Civil Service Branch of the Corp of Engineers from which he retired. Not letting grass grow under his feet he developed Moss Lake Enterprise.
John is preceded in death by his mother and father (Eunice Vilo Barber and Norman Barber) both of Orange, Texas, and his brother Roy Norman Barber of Santa Fe, Texas.
He is survived by his sister Betty Lou Wingate of Orange, Texas, sons: John Thomas Barber Sr. (wife Shearin Winters Barber) of Hitchcock, Texas and Douglas L. Barber (wife Michele Williamson Barber) of Denton, Texas. Foster daughter Debbie Gribble (son Eric, daughter Shelly); three grandchildren, Kimber Barber Holmes (husband Bryan), John Thomas Barber Jr. (wife Stacy Broiles Barber), and Allison Barber Gibbs (Husband Joel); six great grandchildren, Nelson and Simon Holmes, Ava, Ella, and Trace Barber and Gentry Gibbs, and numerous nieces and nephews who loved him.
John is also survived by his best friend and close companion Mary Henderson, her daughter Glinda (husband Robert) their sons Cory Holman (wife Devin and children Hannah, Holden and Emmie) and Cody Holman (wife Maria).
Visitation will be Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at James Crowder Funeral Home, 401 Texas Ave. in La Marque, Texas 77568. A Graveside Service will be held at 1:30pm on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas 77563, with Pastor Helen DeLeon officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a small donation to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.



Rowena Helen Pierce Humbird, 92, of Texas City, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018, in League City. Rowena was born March 1, 1925, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Roy and Ruth Kathren De Maranville.
Rowena was a resident of Texas City for over 62 years; she was a Secretary for 60 years at the Trinity Full Gospel Church, where she loved teaching her Sunday School Class. She enjoyed singing, gardening, canning, crocheting and she loved her cats; more than anything though she enjoyed reading and studying her Bible.
Rowena was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Humbird, daughter, Bonita Salter and brothers; Bud De Maranville and Ike De Maranville.
She is survived by; four sons: Scottie Pierce of Madagorda Peninsula, David Pierce and wife Kathy of San Leon, TX , Mark Pierce and wife Lawana of Bacliff, TX and Aaron Pierce and wife Kimberly of Seabrook, TX; seventeen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 12:00- 2:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque, with the Funeral Service at 2:00pm with Pastor John Mincher officiating. Burial will be at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.




William Gregory Adams age 60 of La Marque died December 8, 2017 at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. Graveside services will be held 1:00pm Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.



On Sunday, January 28, 2018 The Lord Dispatched an angel to take our angel home, Cynthia Ann Kiff, at the age of 61 following a lengthily illness upon completing her earthly mission that included several roles. A loving wife, mother, sister and daughter who proudly served as a Galveston U.T. Police Officer and Galveston County Deputy Sheriff before becoming disabled in 2000.

Cindy was born November 27, 1956 to Jimmy and Loretta Rose Sheridan. Cindy grew up, lived and worked in Galveston before moving to Santa Fe in 1992. She is preceded in death by her first born son Donald (Bo Bo) McMahan Jr., grandson Austin Boultinghouse,; father, Jimmy Sheridan, Sr.; and brothers Michael and Jimmy Sheridan Jr. She is survived by her loving husband of 34 plus years David Kiff; daughter Jennifer Boultinghouse; sons Joseph and Joshua Kiff; mother, Loretta Rose Sheridan; grandson Anthony Means; granddaughters, Ariel Means, Dixie Ann Kiff and Arista Belton; a most loving and only sister Loretta Lynn Sheridan; brother Carl Sheridan; sister in law Renee Weede; numerous nieces and nephews. Cindy will be ever so sadly missed and never ever forgotten by all.

Pallbearers are her husband David Kiff, sons Joseph and Joshua Kiff, grandson Anthony Means, and nephews Mark and Pat Kiff.

Funeral services are 10:00am Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday from 5:00pm until 8:00pm


Cynthia Ann Kiff


GALVESTON Officer David D. Thomas, Sr. age 96 of La Marque passed away Monday January 29, 2018 at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. Funeral services 11:00 am Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Reverends Kerry Tillman and Eugene Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock. Visitation will begin at 10:00am on Wednesday.

Born December 15, 1956 in Galveston to Sidney Joseph Thomas, Sr. and Willie Mae Jones Thomas, David graduated Ball High School and went on to become a longtime devoted Public Servant in Law Enforcement serving as a Galveston Police Officer for 25 years until his retirement. He then went on to serve at the GISD Police Department 4 years, next to the Galveston Fire Department Marshalls Office until Ike and then to his current position with the Port of Galveston Police. He also has provided security for the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston for many years. David was a lifelong member of West Point Baptist Church in Galveston and an avid and proud Dallas Cowboys Fan. He was a hardworking, faithful son and father who loved his children dearly. His legacy of hard work and faithful service to family and community will live on in the lives of his family and colleagues.

Preceded in death by his parents, survivors include his son, David D. Thomas, Jr. and wife Bonnie of La Marque; daughter, Jessica N. Limones and Damien McZeal, Sr. of Galveston; brothers, Sidney Joseph Thomas, Jr. of Houston and Reginald Mark Thomas of Galveston; grandson, Damien McZeal, Jr. of Galveston; former wife and close friend Johnetta Thomas of La Marque; close friend and companion, Rosemary Limones of La Marque; aunt,               numerous other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers are Sidney Joseph Thomas, III, Carl Lomax, Ronnie Gordon, Matthew Thomas,



Lewis D. Holland, 89, of Texas City passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in Nassau Bay. He was born on November 27, 1928 in Galveston to Jess and Louise Holland.
Lewis served in the US Air Force; he was a member of VFW Post #8248 of La Marque, Optimist Club of La Marque and the First Christian Church of La Marque. He worked for Falstaff Brewery in Galveston and Union Carbide as an Operator.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters; Dorothy Murphy and Ursula Webster and brother Jess Holland.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carolyn Holland, of Texas City, TX; daughters: Diana L. Wheeler and husband Gary of Groveton, TX and Peggy L. Stubbs of League City, TX; sisters: Dolores Baker of Chireno, TX, and Barbara Bledsoe of Dickinson, TX; grandchildren: Wesley Wheeler and wife Courtney, Ashley Hutto and husband Mark, Ryan Stubbs and wife Mandi, Laura Mansfield and husband Josh and one great grandchild Luke Christopher Wheeler.
Visitation will be on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the First Christian Church in La Marque 1204 Laurel Street La Marque, with the Funeral Service to follow at 4:00pm with Mr. Rex Teter officiating.
Pallbearers will be Wesley Wheeler, Mark Hutto, Josh Mansfield and Ryan Stubbs. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gary Wheeler and West Touchstone.
In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Christian Church of La Marque.


GALVESTON Terry Lavander Bradshaw age 74 of Galveston passed away Wednesday January 24, 2018 at his residence in Galveston. Memorial services are 6:00pm Monday, January 29, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Reverend Marshall Monroe officiating.

Terry was born June 13, 1943 in Dallas, Texas to Pascal Wesley Bradshaw and Juanita Tisha Berry Bradshaw. He grew up in Dallas, Texas where he graduated from High School. He went to work for Texas Instruments as a Tool and Dye Machinist for a number of years before opening his own Machine Shop in Palestine, Texas where he serviced the A/C and Oilfield Industries. After a successful career in business he retired to his beloved Bay Home in Galveston where he could practice his love for fishing and boating on a more regular basis. As a consummate “Piddler” he could fix anything, and spent much of his spare time doing just that. Terry enjoyed the great outdoors and his Bay house facilitated a life that made it possible for him to teach those he truly loved, his children and grandchildren, about the “Galveston “way of life.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years Jessie Ann Bradshaw of Galveston; daughter, Monica Bradshaw of Palestine, Texas; sons, Terry D. Bradshaw and wife Denise of Palestine, Texas, John Robert Whinery and wife Barbara of Hobbs, New Mexico, Jessie Dean Hack and wife Stacey of Jacksonville, Texas and Michael Alexander Hack and wife Rachel of Hillsboro, Texas; brother, Dewayne Bradshaw of Oklahoma; granddaughters, Ashley Nicole Williams and husband Darin of Palestine, Texas, Cheyenne Cook of Hobbs, New Mexico, Olivia Ann Hack of Hillsboro, Texas, Andria Barnes of Palestine, Texas and Erin Zabransky of Palestine, Texas; grandsons, Caleb Bradshaw of Palestine, Texas, Braden Hack of Jacksonville, Texas and Brenon Hack of Jacksonville, Texas; 5 great grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be sent to the Galveston Lions Club P.O. Box 450 Galveston, Texas 77553-0450.

Terry Lavander Bradshaw


GALVESTON   Margarita Garza Gaona age 96 of Galveston, Texas passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday, January, 23, 2018.

Margarita was born in Mexico on February 19, 1921 to Dolores Cuevas Delgado and Margarito Garza. When she was a young girl her mother died, and Margarita was raised by relatives in Linares, N.L., Mexico. It was there she met her future husband Joe Gaona. They settled in Galveston to raise their 8 boys and 4 girls.

In 1964, Margarita became the sole breadwinner, making/selling breakfast burritos to hungry longshoremen. She took her food, coffee, and Mexican pastries to the docks by riding her tricycle. The kids were involved as well; the girls helped prepare the burritos before heading to school and performed household chores; the older boys had various jobs while the younger boys had newspaper routes. (Stories of the young “paper boys” were published in the Daily News in 1960 and 1964.)

Margarita was preceded in death by her son Jesus “Jesse” Gaona, grandson Joe F. Gaona, Jr., great grandson Jacob Roel Soto, great granddaughter Melody Tolentino, sons-in-law Joe Quintero and Roger Villarreal, Sr.; daughters-in-law Gloria Gaona, Yolanda Licerio and Pamela Mason Gaona, and the father of her 12 children Josue R. “Joe” Gaona.

Margarita is survived by Joe “Paco” and Edna Gaona, Israel and Olga Gaona, Alice Quintero, Joe “Pache” Gaona, Manuel and Stacey Gaona, Robert “Bobby” and Virginia Gaona, David and Clara Gaona, Delores Villarreal, Ana Rees, Amelia “Mae” and Gary Gelinas, Tommy Gaona, Robert Rodriguez and Ruben Hernandez, Rosa Carrasco; 36 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren and many, many friends.

Margarita will be greatly missed by her family, which was blessed by her longevity and her strong will to survive. We thank our sister Delores and especially brother Tommy for the loving care they provided to mom in her declining years. We also thank those friends and neighbors who helped our mother in her time of crisis in the 1960’s.

Margarita is survived by 36 grandchildren

Marcus Gaona, Christopher Gaona, Gregory Gaona, Gabriel Quintero, Julie Quintero Scott, Richard Gaona, Christy Warren, Jennifer Sordia, Margot Esquivel, Mackenzie Gaona, Makaylie Gaona, Andrea Gaona, Robert Gaona Jr., Nicole Gaona, Audice Leon Gaona, Adam Gaona, Jessie Gaona, David T. Gaona, Zachary Gaona, Mark Watson, Melissa Soto, Roger Villarreal, Jr., Celenia Williams, Doyle Williams III, Cecelia Morales Cantu, Nicole Hidalgo, Brittany Tolentino, Justin Gelinas and Johnny Cruz Hopper, Jeremy Aceves, Jesse Sendejas, Maricela Tamayo and Jesse Tamayo, Felipe Mendoza, Elicia Carrasco, Loretta Carrasco.

Margarita is survived by 52 great grandchildren

Krystiana Weiland, Valerie Gaona Gracia, Gabe Gaona, Morgan Carroll, Quentin Scott, Jaelyn Scott, Jordan Scott, Mackenzie Saunders, Christian Warren, Caleb Warren, John Sordia III, Lauren Sordia, Joshua Sordia, Lianna Esquivel, Dina Harper, Alyson Harper, Brandon Vasquez, Cameron Vasquez, Nicholas Strother, Kylie Gaona, Adam Gaona, Jr., Kensley Gaona, Dylan Robert Gaona, Dacey Gaona, Gia Gaona, Natalie Graciano, Heaven Vargas, Ziara Gaona, Zuleigh Gaona, Marissa Soto, Miranda Soto, Jose Soto III, Donald Hammill, Jr., Dominic Hammill, Ceria Mosby, Cai Royce Williams, Niah Williams, Doyle E. Williams IV, Sophia Aliaga, Nicholas Aliaga,. Mark Tolentino, Jr., Michael Tolentino, and Matthew Tolentino, Jessica Alvarado, Brandon Sendejas, Jesse Sendejas, Chloe Sendejas, Joe Medina III, Jesse Speer, Juliana Speer, Jazmine Speer, Donovan Robinson.

Margarita is survived by 10 great-great grandchildren:

Fiona Weiland, Cameron Gracia, Sofia Gracia, Noah Gracia, Leila Torres, Austin Saunders, Jaton Saunders, Lola Jannen, Tre Alvarado, Maya Alvarado.

Margarita will be greatly missed by her family, which was blessed by her longevity and her strong will to survive. We thank our sister Delores and especially brother Tommy for the loving care they provided to our mom in her declining years. We also thank those friends and neighbors who helped our mother in her time of crises in the 1960’s.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am Saturday January 27, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1328 Broadway, Galveston 77550. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, 2506-65th St. Galveston 77551. The family will receive visitors from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home 1201 Tremont Galveston, Texas 77550 where a rosary will be recited at 6:30pm.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons Marcus Gaona, Gregory Gaona, Gabriel Quintero, Richard Gaona, Robert Gaona, Jr., David T. Gaona, Roger Villarreal, Jr., Doyle Williams, III, Justin Gelinas and Johnny Hopper.

Margarita Gaona



GALVESTON Lorena Savoy Bennett age 91 of Daly City, California passed away Saturday January 20, 2018 at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center in California. Funeral services are 12:00 noon Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston . Burial will follow at Barbours Cemetery in Hitchcock.

Lorena Savoy Bennett


Rachel Wyatt
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways
you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the
people you can, as long as ever you can”-
These words from John Wesley best describe the life of Rachel
Bergara Wyatt. Rachel celebrated her rebirth into eternal life on
January 22, 2018, at the young age of 65. Rachel was born in Kenedy,
TX on August 24, 1952. Her family then moved to Galveston,
TX where she spent her childhood and graduated from Ball High
School, Class of 1970. She married David Wyatt of Texas City on
July 15th, 1977.Over the course of her life she worked for several
prominent law firms, followed by a successful career with the City of
Texas City. She was a dedicated employee who loved to help others
through service. She retired in 2012 after many years of commitment
to the workforce. Not one to sit around, Rachel then went to
join her husband in real estate sales and property management in
Texas City.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018
at Emken-Linton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Park
East Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday,
January 26, 2018 at the funeral home.
Rachel will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 40 years, David,
and her children Stefani (David) Davalos of Pearland, Mathew
(Elizabeth) Wyatt of Galveston, and Anais (Allison) Barroso of
Pikeville, NC; as well as her 4 adoring grandchildren, Blake and
Brooklynn Davalos, and Deagan and Trent Wyatt. She will also be
fondly remembered by her mother, Ophelia Bryant, brother, Robert
Bergara, sisters Becki (Barry) Wortham and Roana (Gary) Cornett,
and numerous nieces and nephews. She deeply cherished time
spent with family, loved her children and grandchildren fiercely, and
exemplified the truest character in all she did. She was a firecracker,
whose selfless, dependable, and spirited character has left an imprint
on the hearts of all who knew and loved her. The light of God’s radiant
love and knowledge transcends all understanding, and surely
God now holds Rachel close in his everlasting presence.
Pallbearers will be Dee Williams, Harold Fattig, Daniel Davalos,
Kenneth Clark, Phil Landon, and Jimmy Jiminez. Honorary
Pallbearers are all the men and women of the Texas City Fire
Department, Burt Mounts, Eddie Dahl, and Leon Boone. In lieu
of customary remembrances, donations in the memory of Rachel
can be made to the Texas City Public Library, Salvation Army,
M.D. Anderson, or the charity of your choice.










Peggy McCauley went to be with her Lord and Savior, Friday, January 19, 2018. Peggy was a resident of Santa Fe. She was born November 6, 1933, in Beaumont, to Iva and Verna Warren.
She was raised in Galveston, attended Ball High School where she was a Majorette. Peggy was one of the first “Meter maids” to write parking tickets for the City of Galveston. She later went to work for the County of Galveston under Commissioner Frank Carmona. She retired from Galveston County after 24 years of service. She loved hunting, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George McCauley, one brother J. P. Warren: and one grandson, Alfonso (Fella) Mejia. She is survived by four daughters: Cheryl Hopf and husband Dolf, Verna Mejia, Kim Dudley and husband Charlie, Elsie Gravitt and husband Randy; one son: Roger McCauley and wife Felice; two adopted daughters: Carla Steinbach and Scooter Ostermayer; one sister, Ivey Jean Tarver; one brother, Richard Warren; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; and two close friends that were always there for her, Helen Martinez and Cindy Copeland.
A visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at James Crowder Funeral Home, La Marque. Services will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the funeral home, with Senior Master Sergeant Jason Gravitt officiating. Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery, in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will include George Mejia, Jason Gravitt, Trey Thornton, Lee Boughton, Glen Ritter, and Larry Steinbach. Honorary pallbearers will include Ricci Ostermayer, Roy Steinbach, Chester Bolen, and Jay Richards.
We would like to thank Bayou Pines Nursing Home, A-Med Hospice and to our special “Angel” Suzanne Batista, for their loving help. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Galveston County SPCA.



Robert Alaniz Solis, 64, of Texas City passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 after a lengthy illness. He was born December 20, 1953 to Jose and Angelica Solis in Galveston, Texas.

Robert graduated in 1972 from Texas City High School and as a member of the varsity baseball team he pitched a perfect game. After high school he attended Alvin Jr College where he played baseball and then he moved on to complete his education at Texas A&M University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree for Physical Education in 1977. He coached and taught for 25 years in the Texas School District. He earned 4 state championship rings as a scouting coach, one with the Cuero Gobblers and three with the La Marque Cougars. Robert was a huge Astros’ fan and watching them win the World Series was one of the highlights of his year.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved sidekick G Baby. Robert is survived by his wife, Linda Solis of 28 years; daughters; Marissa Angelica Solis, Maricella Aida Robins and Roger, Sr., and Jessica Isis Ordonez; sister Norma Solis, brother Ernie Solis and wife Sherry; seven grandchildren; Isabella, Roger, Jr., Brittany, Nana, Isis, Gabe and Gabriella and one great grandchild Karcyn.

He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

A Visitation will be on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM with a Rosary at 7:00PM at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque.  A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 11:00am at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas, with Deacon John Carrillo officiating.

He will be greatly missed but live forever in our hearts.


Travis Moss married Clara Frances Lawrence on
August 11, 1951. They enjoyed 65 wonderful
years together until Clara’s passing on
June 26, 2016. They settled in Texas City,
and began raising their family. Travis also
began a 60 plus year career as a general
contractor and developer. During this time,
he built and sold over 300 homes in Texas
City and the surrounding communities. He
had a special gift for eyeing a piece of raw
land, and recognizing its future potential.
As a result, he helped to develop several
subdivisions in the area.
Travis was predeceased by his wife, son
Timothy Moss, his parents and siblings.
He is survived by sons David (Robin) Moss
and Paul (Donna) Moss. He is also survived
by grandchildren Duane Moss, Tiany
(Duren) Jenkins, Michelle Moss (Jeremy
Kenan), Ashley (Weston) Black, Derek
Moss, Kyle (Katie) Moss and Riley Moss;
numerous great-grandchildren, one greatgreat
grandson and numerous extended
family members.
Pallbearers will be Doyle Lawrence, Duane
Moss, Derek Moss, Kyle Moss, Duren
Jenkins and Weston Black.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished
the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7











are sad to announce the passing of
on Thursday, January
11th 2018.








GALVESTON Lorena Savoy Bennett age 91 of Daly City, California passed away Saturday January 20, 2018 at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center in California. Funeral services are being planned for Saturday, January 27, 2018 to be held at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston . Burial will follow at Barbours Cemetery in Hitchcock.



GALVESTON Diane Elizabeth Brodie age 61 of Galveston passed away Thursday January 18, 2018 at her residence in Galveston. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, January 27, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Father Orrin Halepeska celebrant, under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. A reception will follow.

Diane Elizabeth Brodie

Sister Martha Lee Tilmon

May 9, 1941 – January 18, 2018

Funeral services for Sister Martha Lee Tilmon are 11:00am Friday, January 26, 2018 at West Point Baptist Church, Pastor Kerry Tillman officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home. Visitors may call at the church beginning at 9:00am on Friday.

Sister Martha Lee Tilmon was the youngest daughter born to the union of Levi and Tazzie Boone, Sr. in Markham, Texas. She was born May 9, 1941, was raised in Markham, Texas and was educated in Bay City. She graduated in 1960.

She was a dedicated mother and lifelong member of the West Point Baptist Church joining in 1969 under the late Rev. J. F. Sargent. She worked at Weiner’s Department Store in management for 32 years until retiring. She loved reading and fishing with her husband.

Sister Tilmon departed this life on Thursday, January 18, 2018 with her family nearby. She is preceded in death by her parents Levi and Tazzie Boone, Sr., 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

She leaves with fond memories her beloved and devoted husband of 48 years, her son Darryl Boone, her daughter, Janelsa Boone (Alfred Reed), her youngest son Frederick Boone (Tina French) all of Galveston. Four grandchildren: David Boone, Darryl Brooks (Jessica), Jacolby Boone (Tristan), Keriston Boone. 8 – Great-Grandchildren. Brother, Levi Boone, Jr. and Devoted sister in law and caregiver Annie B. Evans; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Martha Lee Tilmon


Marilyn Wiggins, 59, of Broken Arrow, OK passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  She is 2nd born to the late Lester and Pauline Moore. Marilyn was born November 16, 1958 in Texas City, Texas.

She lived in Broken Arrow, OK while attending Rhema Bible College.   Marilyn was a 1976 graduate of La Marque High School; she attended Galveston College and obtained her LVN license, and was a member of Abundant Life Christian Church in La Marque.

Marilyn is survived by her husband of 39 years, John Wiggins, son Christopher Wiggins, her sister Patricia and her husband Terry Bosworth of Texas City, three brothers, Lester Paul and wife Diane Moore of Dickinson, Roy Clarence and wife Anna Moore of Friendswood and Dale Chance and wife Karen of Hot Springs, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Calleigh, Christian, Zane, Zailey and Cara; aunts and uncles, Peggy Springer of Santa Fe, Gene and Betty Springer of Santa Fe, Edward Springer and Candy of California, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service in her honor will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:00AM at Abundant Life Christian Center in La Marque, TX.

Bobby Leon Davis, 48, was granted his angel wings on January 6, 2018, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Bobby was born on August 7, 1969 in Colorado City, Texas.  Bobby lived his life to the fullest never fearing what tomorrow would bring.  His courage and wild spirit is one that should be envied.

Bobby leaves behind sons- Tyler Davis, Braden Morrison and Colton Davis.    Father, Max Davis.  Mother, Donna Willey.  Sisters- Joey Bloom, Stephanie Vedia, Monica Garner, Ruby Davis, Nancy Davis and Brother Max Davis. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Each morning when we awake
we know that you are gone.
And no one knows the heartache
As we try to carry on.
Our hearts still ache with sadness
and many tears still flow.
What it meant to lose you, No one will ever know.Our thoughts are always with you,
your place no one can fill.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.There will always be a heartache,
and often a silent tear,
But always a precious memory
Of the days when you were here.If tears could make a staircase,
And heartaches make a lane,
We’d walk the path to heaven
And bring you home again.We hold you close within our hearts,
And there you will remain,
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again.Our family chain is broken now,
And nothing will be the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
~ Unknown

Bobby Leon Davis


Jesse G. Lopez, 92, of Texas City passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at UTMB ICU in Galveston.  He was born on October 15, 1925 in Concrete, Texas the son of Mateo Lopez and Braulia Garza Lopez.

Jesse was a resident of Texas City for 41 years. He served in the United States Navy, was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church of La Marque and retired from Todd’s Shipyard.

He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, wife of 58 years Alifonsa and sons Jesse and Danny.

Jesse was a loving son, husband, father and popo.

He is survived by his daughters; Stella Sandoval (Jose), Diana Papillion and Linda Ortiz; grandchildren; Lisa Ramos, Belinda Sandoval, Christina Flowers (Wesley), Anthony Medellin (Jennifer), Mandy Medina (Jesse), Jason Perez, Roxann Ortiz (Alex) and Albert Ortiz (Irma), fourteen great-grandchildren, four sisters, and two brothers.

A visitation will be on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home La Marque with a Vigil at 7:30pm.  A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00am on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in La Marque with Father Chacko Puthumayil officiating.  Entombment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston.  A Reception will be at the church hall following the entombment.

In lieu of flowers the family request Memorials be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital in Memphis, TN.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at UTMB ICU; Tweet, Sara, Adam, Hannah, Lyndsey, Brittney and Cat RT.


Dorothy Wooley, 74, of La Marque, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018 in Webster, TX.   She was born January 31, 1943, in Galveston, TX to William and Dorothy Perthuis.  Dorothy was a great homemaker and loved spending time with her family.  She did everything she could to get to events and spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren even though they were spread apart. Dorothy enjoyed sewing, embroidery, and making baby blankets. She was a loving and caring woman to all her family and friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband James Allen Wooley, and son James Andrew Wooley.

She is survived by her daughters Elizabeth Kay Jennings and husband Will, Elizabeth Ann Bracewell and husband Ken, Lois Jeannine Johnson and husband Melvin; brother Ellis Perthuis; aunt Wilodyne Hooper; nephew Scott Perthuis; cousin Freddie Carmichael; brother-in-law Earl Hingle Jr.; extended family: Betty and Russell Cornitius, Roy and Bea Anthony, Rosie Richards,  Darlene Richard, Wanda Bryant, Catalina Berndt, and Carol and Martin Rygaard; five granddaughters, six grandsons, four great granddaughters, four great grandsons, and numerous nieces and nephews and good friends.

A visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Friday, January 12, 2018, Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson. Services will be held at 10:00am, Saturday January 13, 2018, at the funeral home, Deacon John Carrillo officiating. Interment will follow at the Hypolite Perthuis Cemetery, Hitchcock, TX.

Pallbearers will be Gelon Jennings, Jr., Kevin Eskridge, Kelvin Eskridge, Scott Perthuis, Nathan Perthuis, Tre’Vion Lindsey, Eddie Carmichael and Freddie Carmichael.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Ellis Perthuis, Russell & Betty Cornituis, Roy & Bea Anthony, Rosie Richards, Catalina Berndt, Martin & Carol Rygaard, Darlene Richard, Aunt Wilodyne Hooper, Will Jennings, Ken Bracewell and Melvin Johnson.


Sharon Kay O’Neal Maris left this life on January 2, 2018. It was a very cold Tuesday. My mom was no ordinary woman; therefore, I cannot eulogize her with some list of dates and family members on a form letter. Sharon was born in Texas City, TX on October 15, 1959. She grew up the only girl in a sea of brothers and had to be tough. In 1972, she met the love of her life, Larry Maris, in church. They were only teenagers.  The son of the preacher, Sharon fell for Larry’s beautiful singing voice, and he fell for her beautiful long legs and infectious smile. They married in 1975 and never left each other’s side for nearly 43 years. Indeed, even in her passing, Sharon slept peacefully by Larry’s side.

She had three children by the age of 21, and so had to put off her own college education to raise and help support her family. She drove an ambulance as an EMT, was an office manager for several doctors, and finally became an operator at a refinery in a time when women were not welcome there. She endured harassment of the worst kind, and yet soldiered on because she knew it would bring a better life for her kids. Sharon always pushed her kids to achieve their full potential. After she left refining, she continued to be a role model for her kids, pursuing her degree in emergency medicine and achieving that goal well into her 40s.

Sharon was a highly intelligent woman. She had artistic talents, teaching herself to sing and play the mandolin. She was also tough as nails. She was always the one you wanted near in a medical emergency. She carried her paramedic kit in her truck no matter where she went so that she could always respond to someone in danger. She was generous and kind to charities and strangers, and she loved her animals. Most of all she loved her husband and children.

Sharon would not have classified herself as anyone special. She did not claim to be the perfect wife nor the perfect mother. In fact, she often felt as if she made too many mistakes. But the truth is, despite her flaws and perceived shortcomings; she left an amazing legacy behind. She left a brilliant daughter, Jesse, who graduated from Baylor and followed in her medical footsteps. Jesse carries Sharon’s physical beauty, almost as a carbon copy; and together with her husband, Dane, is raising three of Sharon’s beautiful grandchildren; Audrey, Ethan and Lila. Sharon also left behind her son, Jimmy Dale, the one to whom she always referred as her “miracle baby”, the preemie she almost lost. He is now a kind and gentle husband to his gorgeous wife Kaci, and a father of three beautiful children; Ryan, Colt and Brylee. Then there is her little surprise baby songbird, Tyler. Tyler grew up to become a brilliant singer/musician and a Senior Airman in the Texas Air National Guard, and he recently married his sweet-hearted, adorable wife Ariel. I guess that just leaves me, Ray. Mama’s forever middle child, I carry on her determination and perseverance. I married my beautiful wife, Bobbi, and we’re raising our brilliant kids; Keilan, Madysson, and Noah. All of Sharon’s grandchildren have some piece of her beauty, talent and intellect as well.

Mama’s life may have been relatively short, but she left her mark on the world, and it was a good one. She has numerous other family members, friends, and loved ones that she also left behind who will miss her as well. Now, she can rest in heaven with her beloved mother, Jimmie, and her brothers; Jimmy, Paul, and Phillip and all who have passed before her who were dear to her heart.

It wasn’t nearly long enough.

We love you, and we’ll miss you, mom. And don’t worry; we’ll take care of daddy. See you again soon.

Graveside Services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, January 12, 2017 at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be to your favorite charity.


GALVESTON Mary Margaret Dean age 57 of Galveston passed away, Thursday January 11, 2018 at Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston.Memorial services are 11:00am Friday, January 19, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Reverend Susan Kennard officiating under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston.

Mary Margaret was born June 24, 1960 in Galveston, Texas to Joseph Charles Blackshear, Sr. and Helen Murray Blackshear. She was a 1978 graduate of Ball High School. She went on to graduate the University of Texas at Austin in 1982 with a Bachelor in Science in Speech Communication. During her high school years she enjoyed participating in the Sorority life as a part of the TR Sorority and was also a member of the Ball High Tennis Team. Professionally as a real estate appraiser she and her husband founded the Dean Appraisal Services on January 1, 1990 serving Galveston, Houston and Southeast Texas together for over 28 years. She was a faithful member of Trinity Episcopal Church where she loved to work and serve as the President of the Episcopal Church Women at Trinity. She enjoyed socializing with her many friends, new and old, and was an avid reader of mystery novels. The true love of her life was her children. As a devoted mother and wife the time she spent with them was what gave her deep and solemn joy. The sorrow of her loss will be felt for years to come but the impact she made on her family will last for an eternity. Until we meet again.

Preceded in death by her parents Joe and Helen Blackshear and a sister, Jan Blackshear; survivors include her loving husband of 35 years, A. Charles “Chuck” Dean; daughter, Margaret Helen “Maggie” Dean; sons, Charles Murray Dean and Spenser Graves Dean; brother, Joe Charles Blackshear, Jr. and wife Rochelle all of Galveston and Murray Blackshear and wife Faye of Brentwood, Tennessee.

Memorials may be sent to Episcopal Church Women- Care of Trinity Episcopal Church 2216 Ball Galveston, Texas 77550.

Mary Margaret Dean


Barbara Ann Moreno, 79, passed from this life on January 8, 2018 at UTMB Hospital surrounded by her husband, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Funeral mass will be held 11:00am Tuesday January 16, 2018 at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Father Orrin Halepeska Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. There will be a reception at St Patrick’s Auditorium following the burial. The family will receive visitors from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home where a rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m.

Barbara was born on the Island to Peter and Catherine O’Donohoe on April 11, 1938. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Barbara loved to cook and would make sure no-one went hungry. She brought joy and laughter to everyone that met her. She had the most beautiful and  brilliant Blue-Eyes. Barbara was an expert Bingo player and would never miss her football squares. She made sure her home was open to any one in need, especially Family. Barbara was truly and deeply loved by her 19 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed and in our hearts forever.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Peter Michael O’Donohoe and Katherine Velma O’Donohoe; son John Michael Moreno; and beloved Son in Law Tony Hernandez.

Survivors include her loving husband of 63 years John Moreno Jr. and children, Sherry Moreno, Patsy Hernandez, Belinda Canales, Vera Torres and significant other John Ramos, Josie Coleman, Katherine Kiamar and Fiancé Fred Torres, Lawrence Moreno Sr. and significant other Kelly Guerra. She was also survived by two granddaughters she loved and raised as her own Deanna Shiloh and Fiancé Robert Diaz Jr. and Barbie Moreno.

Pallbearers are grandson’s JoJo Villarreal, Jason Canales, Lawrence Moreno Junior, Julian Williams, Blake Williams, and Freddie Shiloh Jr.

The family would like to thank the Dr.’s and nurses of UTMB hospital for the wonderful care given our loved one.

Barbara Ann Moreno


FELTON JONES, JR., passed away at his home on Saturday, January 6, 2018. He was born June 24, 1953, in Galveston, Texas, and the only son born to Felton Jones, Sr. and Doris Louise Jones. He graduated from Ball High School in 1971 and served as a proud member of the Ball High School Marching Band. He was a favorite D.J. at Dan and Don’s Club in Galveston, Texas. He attended Bishop College in Marshall, Texas and majored in music.

From the age of six years old, he has been around the funeral industry under the total care of Mr. Pendergraff, Jr. With the help of Mr. T.D. Armstrong, he graduated from Commonwealth College of Mortuary Sciences in 1974. He received his apprenticeship at Strode-Armstrong Mortuary and Hebert & Company. His professional career spanned 40 years and served Carnes Brothers Funeral Home Galveston, Carnes Funeral Home Texas City, Carnes Funeral Home Houston, Bay Area Funeral Directors, Fields Funeral Homes, J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, Mainland Funeral Home, Malloy and Son Funeral Home and Wynn Funeral Home, where he not only exercised his skills in embalming and funeral directing, but also freely taught those skills to many aspiring morticians. He also worked many years at UTMB Department of Pathology where he trained many young student physicians in the anatomy of autopsies.

Throughout his years of service to the community, Felton has been recognized for his expertise and experience on the Mainland as well. His devotion and professionalism awarded him the appointments of Funeral Director and Funeral Services Specialist to the people of Galveston County.


Felton enjoyed cooking, jazz, movies, singing, sports, and time with family and friends.


He was preceded in death by his father, Felton Jones, Sr., son, Felton Jones, III, and granddaughter, Christaline Dalanie Richardson. He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted and loving mother, Doris Jones from Texas City, Texas, sisters: Jacqueline Hasan from Galveston, Texas, Cathey Stewart (Steven) from Manvel, Texas, Feleneice Shanks from Houston, Texas, Winnifred Woodworth (Errol) from Haywood, California, Adrienne Jones from La Marque, Texas and Quinette James (Peter) from La Marque, Texas. One daughter, Jeannine Werdlow from Galveston, Texas, and one son, Kristopherson Jones from Houston, Texas. Six grandchildren: Rashard Richardson, Kansas O’Brien, Kayla O’Brien, Micalah Rivera,, Allen Jones, Jr., and Karrington Jones. Three great-grandchildren: Rylan Richardson, KayLinn Turner, and Kenzie Hardy, as well as a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friend Mr. Curtis Alex.

The family wishes to thank Mr. Mike Carnes, Mr. Rusty Carnes, Galveston EMS, Galveston Police Department and Officers Mr. Ashley, Mr. Lopez, and Mr. Weems. Neighbors: Mr. Clemons, Ms. Gayle, Ms. Kitty, Ms. Mary, and Ms. Rhonda. Also, Rev. Eugene Lewis, Mr. Arthur Mosley, and other first responders for their kindness and support.

Visitation will be held at 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and funeral services to follow at 11:00 a.m. at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Texas with Rev. Peter James, Sr., officiating on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Interment following at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.

Felton Jones, Jr.


GALVESTON Otis Fields age 88 of Galveston went home to be with the Lord, Friday January 5, 2018 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family in Galveston. Funeral services are 11:00am Saturday January 13, 2018 at Greater Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, reverend Michael Dwyer officiating. Burial; will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5:00pm until 7:00pm with a wake service from 7:00pm until 8:00pm at the funeral home.

Born May 21, 1929 in Navasota, TX to Booker T. Fields and Minnie Love, Otis attended Booker T. High School. He served as a U.S. Merchant Marine for over 44 years where he worked as a Chief Pump man, becoming an engineer. Otis always helped people in the community by giving to those less fortunate.

Otis was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters and 1 brother. He leaves precious memories with his daughters, Masami Kobayashi, Vanessa Fields (Mike), Makiba Fields, Theresa Lee and Sheliah Rolland; sons, Lee Otis Fields, Otis Williams, Anthony Fields and Willie Charles Fields; 2 brothers, Leslie Love and Michael Love and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Special thanks to Texas Home Health Hospice Nurses Latoya Otems and Celeste Marshall.

Otis Fileds


GALVESTON Ofelia Lilly-Hernandez-Garcia-Lopez age 84 entered into eternal rest, Saturday January 6, 2018 with her son by her side.   Respecting momma’s final wishes services will be held 6:30pm Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston with cremation to follow. The family will receive visitors from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.

Ofelia was born in El Paso Texas October 5, 1933 to Reyes & Irene Hernandez Sr. and was the youngest sister of seven children. Momma was preceded in death by her parents, sister Veila Dunn and her daughter Cynthia Alcala. She was a long time resident of Galveston, TX and truly considered the Island her home.

She leaves behind her beloved mija, Donna Wallace & son in law, Tom Wallace. Her only son, mijo David Garcia & Cindy Foley as well as her youngest, Sammie Kay Gutierrez. She will be tremendously missed by that of her 8 grandchildren; Martin & Marcus Alcala, Tish and Lisa Alcala, Misty Moreno, Christie Garza and Ashley & Larry Gutierrez Jr. Including 18 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Left to continue their parents and sister’s legacy; are her sister Alice Huffman and brothers; Samuel, Daniel, Josh, Reyes Jr. along with numerous nieces, nephews and loving friends.

Momma worked hard her entire life to love and take care of her children. She was a graduate of Ball  High School and retired from U.T.M.B on August 31,1993. Momma loved to cook creating meals for all her family and friends including her amazing tortillas. Her passionate love to cook made sure you never left her home hungry and reassured her love by feeding you whatever your favorite meal was. As an employee of U.T.M.B momma worked her way from housekeeping into the operating room sometimes side by side of that of her daughter Cindy. Momma loved to care for others even working with the elderly long after retirement. She had a passionate love for all of her siblings, grandchildren, friends and animals especially her Bossy.

The family wish to extend their gratitude to all the staff and nurses who cared and loved for momma with special thanks to Erin and Charlotte.

Ofelia Lilly Lopez


Max Charles Smith (Charlie) was born on February 27, 1930 on the Matador ranch in Matador, Texas. Growing up as a preacher’s son, he moved numerous times while growing up, and especially enjoyed working on the Rocking A Ranch in Oklahoma for his uncle Claude Brannon for many years.

Charlie graduated with an Associate Degree in theater and lighting design from Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, and studied costume design with Miss Barton in the Shakespeare Theater of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Charlie then spent four years in the Air Force in the Strategic Air Command, which was an important and valued part of his life.

Charlie met the love of his life, Rose Marie, in 1953. After he finished his time in the Air Force, he returned to college at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he graduated in 1955 with one Bachelor’s Degree in Theater and one in Industrial Relations.

Charlie and Rose Marie were married by Charlie’s father on August 28, 1955 at Robert’s Avenue Methodist Church in Beaumont, Texas, and then moved to Grapevine, Texas, where he and Rose Marie both worked as teachers. Charlie then worked in Human Resources for Rio Grande Life Insurance in Dallas, Texas, then for Pitts Industries, and later for the City of Denton. He was an adult probation officer for Denton County, where he retired in 1994, after which he and Rose Marie moved to Galveston, Texas. Charlie was heavily involved in the community theater in Denton, in the Denton First United Methodist Church and Moody Methodist Church in Galveston.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend Morris and Gladys Smith, and his sister, Barbara Ann Riddell. He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Smith from Galveston, a brother, Richard Smith, from Cypress, Texas, and three daughters: Rozanne Smith and husband Mike Alvernaz from Missoula, Montana; Connie Norton and husband Glenn Norton from Natalia, Texas; and Jennifer Smith from Galveston, Texas; as well as two grandchildren: Crystal Calvert and husband Lee Calvert from Waxahachie, Texas, and Patrick Norton from San Antonio, Texas, and two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Eva Calvert from Waxahachie, Texas.

Charlie will be greatly missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Sunshine Center, Inc., 1726 21st Street, Galveston, Texas 77550, or a charity of your choice.

Memorial services are 10:00 am Thursday, January 11, 2018 at moody memorial First United Methodist Church, reverend Ray Pinard officiating. A reception will follow the service at the church.

Max Charles Smith


GALVESTON Lawrence Albert Elfstrom, Jr. age 72 of Splendora died, Friday January 5, 2018 at his home in Splendora. Funeral services are 10:00am Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Pastor Victor Frank officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5:00pm until 8:00pm where an Elk’s Memorial Service will be held at 6:00pm.

Born February 21, 1945 in Galveston, Texas to Lawrence Albert Elfstrom, Sr. and Nina Flora McNary Elfstrom, Larry was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving his country honorably in Vietnam as a Sargent. He was a Custom Home Designer by trade, was a very knowledgeable user of Auto CAD and could build a computer out of nothing. He was a past Leading Knight at the BPOE # 126 in Galveston where he was very active in all aspects of the lodge. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and barbecuing. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cleveland, Texas.

Preceded in death by his parents, brother, Danny Elfstrom and sisters Karen Castaneda and Kathy Sorentino, survivors include his wife, Susan Leigh Elfstrom of Splendora; daughters, Beth Dick and husband Don of Santa Fe, Texas Nancy Morgan of Cleveland, Texas and Tracie Rusak and husband Rich of Miami, Florida; son, Lawrence Albert “Tray” Elfstrom, III and Larissa Maciel of Galveston; brother, Ronnie Elfstrom and wife Susan of Texas City; grandchildren, Brad Elfstrom, Crystal Elfstrom, Bryan Barclay, Maara Morgan and Melissa Maciel Elfstrom; great grandchildren, Taylor Elfstrom, Terri Robbins and Heather Doty; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Pallbearers are Bryan Barclay, Lawrence A. Elfstrom, III, Brad Elfstrom, Nancy Morgan, Ronnie Elfstrom and Vincent Sorentino.

The family would like to thank the Compassionate Care Hospice and especially nurse Abby Hoppas for the excellent and truly compassionate care given to Mr. Elfstrom.

Lawrence Albert Elfstrom, Jr.


DEBORAH LYNN PIRE.   Debbie ascended to Heaven to join her Mother & Father (Janet & James Osteen) along with her Uncle George Kahanek.
Debbie is survived by her husband of 42 years, John Pire, four sons: Eugene Cothern, Michael (Mary) Cothern, John Jr (Rachel) Pire, and George Pire. Three brothers: Larry (Beth) Osteen, Vallon (Paddy) Osteen, Tommy (Jennifer) Osteen, 13 grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Debbie left our world in her sleep without any pain & suffering.
She will be looking down upon all her family & friends.
The last few years were very hard for Debbie, she persevered through it all, Many Doctors & Nurses took excellent care of her whenever she was under their care. All who will be forever in our Hearts – for their kindness & dedication to their chosen profession.
A visitation will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM and a service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2:00PM both at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson. Interment will follow at the Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, TX.
Sadly missed by all who knew Debbie
John Pire & Family & Carroll Perry


Dorothy Jean Landriault, of Texas City, Texas passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. She was born in Galveston, TX to Edna and Joseph Clifford Landriault, Sr. on December 20, 1943.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her mother and father, brother; Joseph Clifford Landriault, Jr, and nephew; William Joseph Landriault. She is survived by her sister in-law; Belinda Landriault, three nephews Charles Landriault, David Hale, and Keaghan Gantt, and niece; Nora Landriault.

A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice.



Jack Theo Thomsen, Sr., 77, of Matagorda, formerly of Bryan, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Cremation services have been entrusted to Carnes Brothers Funeral Home of Galveston.

Jack Sr., born on October 13, 1940 in Bryan, Texas, was the son of Theodore Herman and Deasie Mae (Vance) Thomsen. Growing up he was a member of First Baptist Church and a part of Boy Scouts of America in Bryan. Throughout his time as a young man in Bryan he pumped gas at Dewie Moss Service Station and worked at Acme Glass. After graduating from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1959, he attended Sam Houston State University. Jack returned to Bryan and again worked at Acme glass. In January 1963, he and Dolores married; soon after Jack enlisted in the Army, serving 6 years, 1963-1969. In 1965 he became a Store Manager for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Corporation, managing stores in Bryan, Bay City and Port Lavaca. Jack worked as a Partner at Southwestern Marine after returning to his hometown in 1970; he and Dolores continued to raised their two children there. Jack also became a Cub Scout Leader during his son’s involvement in the Boy Scout organization. The family of four spent many weekends in Matagorda on the beach as the children were growing up. Later, Jack then moved on to own his own business, J&T Construction Co., for the rest of his career. He and Dolores moved to Matagorda permanently in 1982, Jack came to be involved in the Matagorda Historical Society, as well as a charter member of Community Baptist Church. He was known as the person to go to if you needed help, advise or just a listening ear in town. Jack became Matagorda VFD Fire Chief for five years, and was instrumental in procuring funds for a new ambulance, pumper truck, & brush truck for MVFD, along with the construction of Fireman’s Hall. Throughout his life, Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching NASCAR; He also loved to dance and listen to country music.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Frances (Thomsen) Cloonan and mother & father in-law, Bud & Elizabeth Marquart.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores and their children. Daughter, Donna & husband Mitchell Morehead and son, Jack, Jr. & wife, Tina Thomsen. Grandchildren; Whitney (Morehead) & husband, Charley Coats, Ashley Morehead, Lindsey (Morehead) & husband, Arin Weedon, Payton Thomsen and Dustin Corbin. Great-granddaughter; Hannah Coats and many extended family and friends.

A Celebration Of Life will be held at Fireman’s Hall in Matagorda, Texas on January 13, 2018 at 1:00pm. In Lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to: Matagorda Community Latchkey Program, P.O. Box 212, Matagorda, TX 77457.


Jack Theo Thompson


GALVESTON   Veronica Donicia Contreras, age 42, of Texas City passed from this life on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in the Webster. Memorial services are 3:00 pm, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church in Galveston, Reverend Ray Pinard officiating.

Born June 19, 1975 in Galveston, Texas to Johnny Contreras and Sylvia Ybarra, Veronica was a 1993 graduate of Texas City High School. She loved to dance and play slots. She was a kind, warm hearted person always willing to share with her family and friends the love that was so evident in her life. She dearly loved her nieces and nephews. She was employed at Wal Mart and was a wonderful daughter, sister and aunt.

Preceded in death by her mother, Sylvia Ybarra Contreras and grandparents Almira G. Garcia, John J. Garcia and Ernest Contreras, Sr.; survivors include, father Johnny Contreras and wife Sylvia Martinez Contreras of Pasadena, grandmother, Donicia Moreno of Galveston; sister, Cecelia Contreras and Joseph Medrano of Texas City; brother, A. J. Montoya of Hawaii; nieces, Amber Contreras, Marissa Martinez and Megan Martinez; nephews, Christopher Contreras and Justin Contreras; great nephews, Jonathan Contreras and Ralph Garcia, III; great niece, Vivian Westmoreland; numerous other relatives and friends.

Veronica Donicia Contreras


CHARLESTON S.C. Father Theodore R. Lewis, Jr. was born in Galveston, Texas, on July 23, 1946, and departed this life on December 21, 2017. A Funeral Service of Celebration for Father Theodore R. Lewis, Jr. will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at St. Augustine Hippo Episcopal Church. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Martha D. Lewis; daughter, Carrie E. Lewis; grandchildren, DeAndre’ Alston, DeShaunna Nelson and Gikwan Young.

Father Theodore R. Lewis, Jr.



GALVESTON Aurora Amaya age 95 of Austin, formerly of Galveston died, Monday December 25, 2017 in the presence of her devoted family at her home in Austin. Funeral Mass is 10:00 am Thursday, January 4, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Father Orrin Halepeska, celebrant. Burial will follow at Houston National Cemetery under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home of Galveston. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm where a rosary will be recited at 6:30 pm.

Aurora Amaya



Jesse Alios Coufal

June 21, 1933 – December 24, 2017



Beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, teacher, and friend, Michelle Jewell Funston, age 44, of Galveston passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017 surrounded by her loving family and friends.

For 17 years, Michelle was married to the love of her life, Sean Funston and together they raised the other love of her life, their son Tyler. A proud BOI, Michelle attended Ball High School and Stephen F. Austin State University where she received her BS in Childhood Education. A beloved teacher for 21 years, she taught multiple grade levels for GISD and, for the last 8 years, taught at Trinity Episcopal. Michelle was a dedicated teacher, certified through Neuhaus, who loved her students and strove to educate and bring out the best of every student she ever taught.

Michelle will be best remembered for her “dimpled darling smile,” loving nature, fierce loyalty, running on “Jewell sister time”, for being fiercely loving yet driving her sister crazy, her beautiful laugh, stubbornness, being the consummate back seat driver, her love for the two most cantankerous dogs in captivity, Murphy and Nacho, being a true friend, and for the cherished impact she had on all of her family, friends and students.

Preceded in death by her mother, Paula Biegert Jewell, Grandparents and father in law, Dean Funston, Michelle is survived by her husband Sean Funston and their son Tyler; her father Homer “Butch” Jewell and stepmother Patsy; her sister Deanna Jewell Barrett and husband Sean; niece Bella Barrett and nephew Braden Barrett, “favorite” mother in law Ann Funston, and numerous other relatives.

A Service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday, December 31st, 2017 at 2 pm. All are invited to a reception following the service in the Trinity school gymnasium.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, or Trinity Episcopal Church in honor of Michelle.

Michelle Jewell Funston



GALVESTON Lawrence Thomas Phillips, Jr. age 69 of Santa Fe passed away, Sunday December 17, 2017 at The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. Funeral services are 10:00am Friday, December 22, 2017 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Salome Robert Sifuentes officiating. Burial will follow at the Alta Loma Cemetery under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral home. The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at the funeral home.

Lawrence was born February 9, 1948 in Beaumont, Texas to Lawrence Thomas Phillips, Sr. and Hazel Mattes. He was a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran of the U. S. Army serving his country honorably attaining the rank of Sargent. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal W/5 Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal W/1960 Device, Bronze Star Medal, 2 Overseas Bars, First Class Gunner (81 Mort), Marksman (45 Cal), Expert (M-14, M-16, M-19). In his professional life he was the owner and operator of Coastal Plumbing and Heating in Galveston retiring after he became disabled. In his retirement years he enjoyed traveling to Louisiana and Las Vegas until it became too difficult for him to get around. The loves of his life were his grandchildren and great grandchildren who brought him great joy. He was a man with a tender and caring heart who would give anyone in need the shirt off of his back. He loved to fish and was of the Catholic Faith.

Preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence T. Phillips, Sr. and Hazel Hollingsworth, survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 31 ½ years, Vickie Lynn Phillips of Santa Fe; devoted daughter Juanita Ivy-Sifuentes and husband Robert of Texas City and Wendy Ziesemer and husband Phillip of Galveston; grandchildren, Kaela Ivy, Cheyenne Ivy, Huntre Ivy, Alexis Leuning and husband Tanner, Brittanie Diaz and Allie Aguilar; great grandchildren, Ahri Merida- Ortega, Spencer Walters, Timothy James Leuning , Audrey Leuning, Julian Martinez and John Martinez.

Pallbearers are Cheyenne Ivy, Jimmy Crowhurst, Salome Robert Sifuentes, Gary Ewing, Phillip Ziesemer and Yovany Valencia.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Bujarski and the ICU Nurses of at the VA Hospital, Krystal Kennedy and Devie Ubas for the excellent care given to Mr. Phillips during his illness.

Lawrence Thomas Phillips, Jr.



GALVESTON Florentino Garcia-Salinas age 72 of Galveston died, Saturday December 9, 2017 at Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Funeral services are 7:00pm Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. Visitation will be held from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Wednesday. Burial will take place at Panteon Municipal Cristo Rey in Melchor Ocampo, Mexico.

Florentino was born November 19, 1945 in Melchor Ocampo, Mexico to Santos Garcia and Clara Salinas. He was a retired employee with Walmart Stores.

Survivors include his wife Maria R. Garcia; daughters, Clara I. Garcia and Carina Garcia; sons, Jaime A. Garcia and Jesus A. Garcia; 10 grandchildren, Francisco J. Gonzalez, Cesar A. Garcia, Jazmin Martinez, David Garcia, Santiago Gonzalez, Natalia Martinez, Cynthia Garcia, Azucena Gonzalez, Ulises Garcia and Joel Gonzalez.


Florentino Garcia



David Paul Holmen of St.Paul Minnesota passed away on November 16,2017. David worked at Minnesota correctional facility as a correctional officer for 15 years and Sears for 15 years. David is survived by his children David wife (Gena), Erika, and Aaron wife (Laura) Holmen. Sisters Mary Erdman, Karen and Joe Hines, brother Chucky and Mary Joe Holmen, Grandchildren Alex (United States Navy), Ario, Angelena, Ariana and Eric Holmen, Gianni Tenerelli Taylor Wood. Great grandchild Amelia Holmen, and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by brother Jon and Teddy, father Edwin, mother Arlene and beloved grandson Nickolas Francis Tenerelli. He served his country proudly in the United States Air Force for 4 years in Vietnam. We want to give a special thank you to Rob and Linda Bassat for the loving care of our father through the years.

Visitation Tuesday, Nov. 21, 4-8pm at KESSLER & MAGUIRE FUNERAL HOME 640 W. 7th St., St. Paul, MN. 651-224-2341. Graveside Service Wednesday 11am at Oakland Cemetery.










GALVESTON Donna Beth Griffin age 59 of Galveston passed away, Monday December 4, 2017 at her residence in Galveston. Funeral services are 11:00am Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston with visitation beginning at 9:00am.


Donna was born October 30, 1958 in Houston, Texas to Donald Jack Griffin and Carol Brack King Griffin. She was employed as a Waitress at Nick’s Seafood in Galveston where she was loved by all her many customers and co-workers. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister who will be remembered for the joy she brought to her family and the love she poured into her daughter, her son’s and grandchildren’s lives. She loved the outdoors, the beach, hiking, camping and being with her beloved family.

Preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Jack and Steve Griffin and a daughter, Jill Balestrino, survivors include sons, Jonathan Michael Balestrino of Channelview, Texas and Joseph Allen Balestrino of Galveston; grandchildren, Kristin, Chris, Kael, Katrina, Marcus, and Julianne; numerous other relatives and friends.

Donna Beth Griffin


Edward James Kazaleh, 56, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 at his residence in Houston. Born March 28, 1961, in Galveston, Texas to Jimmie and Suad Kazaleh, Edward graduated from Ball High School in Galveston and received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He worked with a prominent engineering and land development firm in Austin, Texas for several years. He then earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law in 1996.  Edward practiced law in the Houston and Galveston area for 20 years, and was a certified mediator. He was also a licensed Texas realtor. Edward travelled extensively and lived around the world.

Edward is predeceased by his parents, his sister, Joanne Kazaleh, and his brother, Sammy Kazaleh. He is survived by his family and loved ones. A private service will be held Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Forest Park East in Houston, Texas.



GALVESTON John Murrie “Trey” Proctor, III age 62 of Galveston passed away, Saturday November 25, 2017 after a long hard fought battle with cancer. Funeral services are 6:30pm Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home at 1201 23rd Street Rear, Galveston, TX 77550. The family will receive visitors from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Thursday.

Born September 2, 1955 in Galveston to John Murrie Proctor, Jr. and Kathryn Evelyn Proctor, Trey was a carpenter by trade, but fisherman at heart. He won so many fishing contest, they stopped allowing him to enter. He was a “B.O.I” through and through. Trey loved hunting, fishing, surfing, and the smell of that sweet salty stench that only Galveston can offer. He lived on the Island his entire life. Trey played baseball in his younger years and his love for the game grew into a passion for the Astros, which he has finally able to see win the World Series before he passed. In the last few years he did not let cancer hold him down, Trey set out and became quite the world traveler, taking trips to Jamaica, Haiti, Belize, and many more. Trey loved his family and will be truly missed by all except the fish, the fish population will definitely start making a comeback now Trey is in Heaven.

Preceded in death by his parents, survivors include son, Bryan Proctor and daughter in law Victoria Beuther of Jacksonville, Florida ;his daughters, Coral Proctor and Kimberly Simon; grandson, Kyler Morris ; niece, Ariel Conoly; sister, Nancy Conoly and husband Mike; brother, Tommy Proctor; cousin, Andy Baccinnelli all of Galveston

Memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice.

John "Trey" Murrie Proctor, III



GALVESTON Marguerite Elizabeth Foreman age 71 of Galveston died, Monday November 13, 2017 at Oceanview Transitional Care Center in Texas City.
Marguerite was born February 5, 1946 in Houston, Texas to Allen Curry Gracey, Jr. and Dorothy Mae Kuhleman Gracey. She graduated from Lamar High School in 1964 and worked in Retail Clothing in Houston. In 1968 she married Sgt. Specialist 5th Class William Rogers “Bill” Foreman in Fort Polk, Tigerland, Louisiana, before he was deployed to Korea. After Bill’s tour of duty and returning to Galveston she returned to retail clothing at Craig’s Clothing Store, following them to Baybook Mall where she worked until its closing. She also attended Galveston College for several years majoring in computers. She was an excellent artist who was good in graphic art. She was a Lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Marguerite enjoyed being a wonderful homemaker after her retirement, throwing great parties and taking good care of Bill. She will be missed and loved forever.
No formal services are planned at this time. Local arrangements are under the directions of Carnes Brothers Funeral home.









GALVESTON Deborah Toni Simpson age 57 of Galveston passed away, Tuesday November 14, 2017 at Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Memorial services are 10:00am Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston.
Debbie was born February 20, 1960 in Galveston to James Albert Simpson and Esther Moreno Simpson. She was a member of the 1978 class of Ball High School. Debbie was employed at American National Insurance Company for 35 years as a Health and New Business Specialist. She was an avid reader, reading 2 and 3 books a week. She loved shopping, traveling to the casinos with her friends, and watching the Big Bang Theory. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who enjoyed time spent with her family, especially her grandson.
Preceded in death by her parents, James Simpson and Esther Moreno Simpson; sister, Tina Simpson, brother, Jimbo Simpson and special friend, George Tavarez; survivors include daughter, Amanda Simpson and husband Greg Rickaway of Galveston; grandson, Gunner Rickaway of Galveston; sisters, Graciela Moreno and husband Jeff Coplon of Brooklyn, NY, Rita Gonzales of Galveston and Denise Castro and husband Raul of Columbia, Maryland; brothers, Guillermo Vasquez and wife Antonia of Houston and Charles Simpson and wife Debbie of Hitchcock; honorary sister Josephine Mejia and husband Julius Mejia of Galveston; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
The family would like to thank the Doctors, nurses and staff of Jennie Sealy Hospital 8th Floor CCU for their professional, kind and compassionate care of Debbie.

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