Victoria Advocate

Victoria Advocate

October 12, 2003

Cliff Foulds Jr.

Cliff Foulds, Jr., 54, of Yorktown passed away Friday, October 10, 2003. He was born January 11, 1949 in Houston to the late Clifton G. Foulds Sr. and Pauline Berger Roch of Houston.

Cliff was currently serving as the Sheriff of DeWitt County and had retired in 1993 as Sergeant assigned to the Narcotics Division of the Houston Police Department after serving over twenty-two years.

He was a member of the Yorktown Lions Club, Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, DeWitt Co. Pescadores, and the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown where he was an Elder. He also served as a past director of the YREC and was a Boy Scout leader.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Doehrman Foulds of Yorktown; his daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Michael Browning of Aubrey, TX; his daughter, Jessica Foulds, his son, Clifton G. Foulds, III, and his stepdaughters, Kristin, Glennis, Shannon and Callie Massey, all of Yorktown. He is also survived by his mother, Pauline Roch; his stepmother, Earlene Foulds of Lebanon, Tennessee; his sisters, Patricia Hooker of El Campo and Jodi Fish of Victoria; and his granddaughters, Kyla, Kacie and Kameryn Browning of Aubrey. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifton G. Foulds Sr.; his stepfather, Joe Roch and a sister, Lydia Williams-Gilner.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 13, 2003 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with the Revs. Stephen and Patti Byrne officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Yorktown, under the direction of Freund Funeral Home (361) 275-2343.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Texas, DeWitt County Law Officers Memorial Fund at Cuero State Bank, or First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown.

Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed





Victoria Advocate

June 19, 2000


Benjamin A. ''Ben'' Mueller, 86, of Yorktown, died Saturday, June 17, 2000.

He was born Oct. 13, 1913, in Yorktown, to the late John G. and Charlotte Geffert Mueller. He was a retired mechanic for DeWitt Motor Co., a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and a Lutheran.

Survivors: nephew and nieces.

Preceded in death by: parents; wife, Hedwig G. Notzon Mueller; sisters, Mamie Raetzsch, Idella Brown, Paula Sample, Louise Schuemann, Marie Goehring, Alice Brown and Charlotte Fehner; brothers, John Henry Mueller, Shelby Mueller; half brothers, Edwin Mueller and Emil Mueller.

Graveside services will be 4:30 p.m. today at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, the Rev. Kay Johnson officiating. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, (361) 564-2277.

Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed




Victoria Advocate

January 16, 2005

Edward H. Seifert

Edward "Bob" H. Seifert, 78, of Victoria passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2005. He was born Dec. 24, 1926 in DeWitt Co. to the late Gus and Hulda Buske Seifert. He was in the ranching industry all of his life. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Delores Dentler Seifert, of Victoria. Survivors also include his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Carolyn Bethke Seifert of Mission Valley. Sister, Lillie Urban of Yorktown, and his 2 Grandchildren, Catrina Seifert of Alvin and Marci Seifert of Mission Valley.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Viola Bartram and brother, Roland Seifert.

There will be a visitation on Sunday, Jan. 16, from 5:00-7:00 at Grace Funeral Home. Private services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of So. Texas or Donor's choice. Grace Funeral home, 2401 Houston Hwy., Victoria, TX 77901, 573-4341.


Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed



Victoria Advocate

November 11, 2000


Gus R. Turk, 95, of Beeville, and formerly of Yorktown, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000.

He was born March 14, 1905, in Cuero, to the late Max and Matilda Boldt Turk. He was a farmer and painter and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He served as director for DeWitt County Electric Co-op, was a member of the Garfield Shooting Club and was a 70-year member of Sons of Hermann.

Survivors: daughter, Janie Podsim of Beeville; brother, Max Turk of Robstown; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Selma Stratmann Turk; daughter, Dolores Webb; son, Franklin Turk; parents; sisters, Erna Kelch and Tillie Luedicke; brothers, Fred Turk, Ben Turk and George Turk; and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Ray Kraemer officiating.

Burial will be at Westside Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 564-2277.

Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed


Victoria Advocate

August 25, 2004

Leonides Garcia

Leonides Garcia, 69, of Yorktown, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004.

He was born Nov. 6, 1934, in DeWitt County, to Amalia Garza Garcia of Yorktown and the late Federico Garcia. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for South Texas Construction Co. and a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife, Mary Emma Salinas Garcia; daughter, Melinda Alvarez of Victoria; sons, Joe Garcia of Yorktown and Ray Garcia of Pleasanton; sister, Elisa Arguelles of Temple; brothers, Ysrael Garcia of San Antonio and Ynocencio Garcia of Yorktown; and eight grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: son, Jesse Garcia; sister, Guadalupe Salinas; and brother, Amador Garcia.

Visitation will begin 10 a.m. today at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel.

A vigil service and rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Burial will be at San Luis Catholic Cemetery. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.

Memorials: Hospice of South Texas, 1908 N. Laurent, Suite 430, Victoria, Texas 77901.

Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed



Victoria Advocate

April 15, 2006


NORDHEIM - Services for Neil Schuenemann, 47, of Nordheim, who died Wednesday, will be 10:30 a.m. today at Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home chapel in Yorktown.

Burial will follow in Nordheim. Lamprecht-Janssen Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2277.

Pallbearers: Byron Pfeifer, Billy Guenther, Billy Kirchoff, Tim Voelkel, Rodney Karnei, Matthew Allman.

Honorary pallbearers: Employees of DeWitt Co. Precinct 3, Felix Kolodziejczyk, Gilbert Pargmann, John Green, Carrol Schuenemann Jr., Bryan Friedrichs.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, Kelsey and Elise Schunemann College Fund, Wells Fargo Bank in Nordheim.

Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed





Victoria Advocate

July 24, 2003

Carolyn B. Hebert

Carolyn B. Hebert, 103, of Cuero, TX, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003. She was born July 10, 1900 to the late John and Frances Bock Burda in Yorktown. She attended Holy Cross Catholic School in Yorktown and Durham's Business College in San Antonio. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Cuero.

Mrs. Hebert was a stenographer for her husband, the honorable Stephen P. Hebert, who was the Dewitt County Attorney and Judge. While in DeWitt County, she filled in as a Court Reporter in District Court. She also held an administrative job in Austin in the office of State Representative Terry Newman. Mrs. Hebert later wrote and distributed checks for the Cuero Livestock Commission Co. and was a secretary and typist for Garrett Abstract, Cuero Community Hospital and Linwood Place. She also served in the Civil Service in the Air Corps. Mrs. Hebert enjoyed ranching and her cattle.

She is survived by sons, Stephen Hebert and E.A. (Andy) Hebert, both of Victoria, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Alfred E. Hebert; sisters, Jo Sullivan, Marie Hennig, Adele Burda and Dorothy Burda; and brothers, Nic Burda, Ladis Burda and Frank Burda.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 24, 2003 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Rosary will follow at 7:00 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be Friday, July 25, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, the Rev. Kirby Hlavaty officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery under the direction of Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.

Memorials may be made to St. Michael's School Endowment Fund.

Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed






Victoria Advocate

March 31, 2000


Fred Donald Diebel, 69, of Meyersville, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000.

He was born March 1, 1931, in Cuero, to the late Richard V. and Bertha Hartman Diebel. He was a farmer and rancher and a member of St. John Lutheran Church where he served on the council. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He served on ASCS Committee for 40 years and the Meyersville ISD Board. He was a 4-H Adult Leader and a member of the Volunteer Fire Department. He was on the Board of Directors of DeWitt County and Producers Co-Op Board of Directors of Hochheim Prairie Mutual Farm Insurance. He received the Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Award in 1991.

Survivors: wife, Evelyn Boehl Diebel; daughters, Dianna Hoy of Meyersville, Teresa Borgfeld of Yorktown and Cindy Nevels of Lafayette, La.; sister, Doris Elaine Schmidt of Victoria; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: parents; daughter, Wanda Brown; sister, Hazel Diebel; and one granddaughter.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Freund Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, the Revs. Nick Wagner and John David Nedbalek officiating.

Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, (361) 275-2343.

Memorials: St. John Lutheran Church.

Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed





San Antonio Express-News

May 25, 1992

Harry Meyer

Meyer owned, ran construction firm Harry Meyer was a self-taught businessman who owned and managed a contracting company for 40 years.

Meyer died at home Friday from natural causes. He was 84.

A native of Nordheim in DeWitt County, Meyer met his wife, the former Willie House, in nearby Yorktown.

They were introduced by family friends who thought they would be a good couple, his wife said.

He was attending Nordheim High School and she was enrolled in Yorktown High School, about five miles away, when they met. They married in 1927.

"We liked each other when we met," his wife said. "We went together for three years before we got married."

The couple would have celebrated their 65th anniversary in July.

He grew in a farm in Nordheim, where the family grew vegetables and cotton, raised cattle, sheep and goats.

When they first married, they lived with his parents on the family farm.

"He was so close to his parents and he chose to be there with them," his wife said.

They moved to San Antonio at the beginning of World War II, and Meyer took business courses at the Alamo Business College. He soon started a construction contracting firm called Harry Meyer Contracting Co.

Although Meyer had a successful business, he also encouraged his wife's career and volunteer work. His wife worked full-time throughout most of their marriage.

"He was always there to help me, he drove me to work every morning," she said.

Meyer retired in 1971. He and his wife moved to Helotes in 1982. He built and designed their house, which is on seven acres.

As head of the family, Meyer ensured the family remained close. His son Harry, daughter-in-law Diane and granddaughter Kristi also live on the property.

"We are a close-knit family," his wife said.

Meyer was the kind of person who was supportive of family and friends, his wife said.

"He was so kind and caring," she said. "All of my friends loved him."

After retirement, Meyer spent much of his time gardening and caring for the animals they had on their property.

"I had good support from Harry and we've had a good life," she said.

Meyer is survived by his son, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. in Mission Burial South Cemetery. Arrangements are with Porter Loring Funeral Home.

Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed





Victoria Advocate

April 10, 2007


YORKTOWN - Anita Graves, 103, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2007. She was born on March 29, 1904, at her maternal grandparents home in Yorktown, to Robert C. and Mathilde von Roeder Thorogood.

She was reared in Runge and graduated from Runge High School. She attended the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Social Sorority. On March 2, 1929, she and Thomas A. Graves were united in marriage at St. John's Episcopal Church in Runge. They resided in Cuero where she was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church.

She was a former president of The Altar Guild, co-chairman for the Red Cross providing garments for the military during World War II, member of the Hawthorne Club, and a charter member of The DeWitt County Historical Commission.

She is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m., Tuesday at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero, with the Rev. Cannon John Padgett officiating.

Memorials: Grace Episcopal Church or DeWitt County Historical Society.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343.

Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed




Victoria Advocate

February 7, 2005

Opal Rickman

She was born Nov. 10, 1918 in Cuero. Her parents, Charles (Charlie) and Margaret (Maggie) Grosskurth Dromgoole, came to Cuero in 1917 from their Karnes County (Gillette) farm.

Opal Rickman, 86, died Sunday.

For her family, she was fiercely protective and competitive in her dedication to each one's well being. For her many friends and co-workers, she served no less diligently and loyally.

In the early 1960s, she was a lead organizer of the first workers union in the Cuero cotton mill, where she had started working as a Depression Era teenager. She served as the first secretary of the Cuero local of the Textile Workers Union of America. She played an important role in the union's survival of the 1966 strike in which local and state law enforcement officers were deployed against "my hard-working and patriotic neighbors and friends who had fought and won World War II."

"She had a strong social conscience that most often guided her into doing the right thing, whatever the situation and whatever the risk," said son Jackie of Cuero.

For some homebound elderly Cuero people in the 1970s, she may have been just a provider of free meals. For others of them, however, she rose from being a social worker to become a personal "angel" - providing nurture that went far beyond food for the body. Before becoming home bound herself, she had a large extended "family" in Cuero's economically impoverished elderly community.

"Sometimes it seems that life balances its own books. Mother got her payback over the last years of her life with the personal attention and affection of care-giver Emily Martinez and the full-time devotion and care of her granddaughter Robin Rickman," said son Derryl of Victoria.

Her interest in and knowledge of animal husbandry probably stemmed from her grandfather Eleazar Kilpatrick Dromgoole, who - in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - was acclaimed as the best lay veterinarian in the greater Karnes County area. She and her husband Jack Rickman were stock farmers in DeWitt County for many years.

"Even as a stock farmer, she was still concerned about other people. I remember one time in the 1980s when mother and daddy had their hay crop put in for their own use in the coming winter. Before winter arrived, they gave about half of that hay to people caught in a drought in the southeast United States," said son Charlie of Zapata.

Her historical and genealogical roots are entwined around and within the very foundation of this nation, although she adamantly would tell you that such things didn't matter to her.

She is a direct descendant of Cicely Bailey Jordan Farrar and William Farrar. Cicely landed in Jamestown, Virginia in 1610 and later attained a degree of notoriety as the first person in the English colonies sued for "breach of contract." A preacher extracted a promise of matrimony from the young widow during her immediate grief over the loss of husband Samuel Jordan. She later changed her mind and married her lawyer William Farrar. The preacher sued Cicely for breach of contract, but he died soon thereafter.

She also descends directly from Christopher and Mary Addie Branch, who arrived in Jamestown in early 1620. Among other direct descendants in the politically active Branch line are President Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Gov. William Branch Giles, North Carolina Gov. John Branch, and Branch Tanner Archer, president of the Texas Consultation in 1835 and the first Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas. The Branches directly descended from eight of the Barons of The Magna Carta.

More recently, her cultural heritage took a decidedly German turn. Her grandparents Grosskurth (Henry and Margot Neitsche) were childhood immigrants from Germany. Her grandmother Lou Eliza Jane Moses Dromgoole's parents were John Moses, a racial Jew immigrant, and Rinnie Lu Schmidt, a German immigrant.

At the last (2002) Dromgoole Family reunion she was able to attend, Alma Opal Dromgoole Rickman and her husband Homer Jackson "Jack" Rickman were honored as the longest-married couple in the family. They were wed on Nov. 7, 1936.

In addition to her husband of 68 years, she is survived by brother Charles Dromgoole of Cuero; sisters V-Anne Smith of San Antonio and Betty (Don) Estill of Conroe; and many numerous and precious nieces and nephews from both the Dromgoole and Rickman families. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Warren H. Dromgoole, and sister Ruby Dromgoole Buenger, all of Cuero.

Mrs. Rickman's children and their families are:

Jack (Laney) Rickman, Cuero; Valda "Che" and Matt Crawford, Houston and Montgomery.

Charles (Sharon) Rickman, Zapata; Robin R. Rickman, Cuero; Jay William Rickman of Rockport and his children Chelsea and Jacie Rickman of Yorktown.

Derryl (Linda) Rickman, Victoria; Jack Roger Rickman, Dallas; Kimberly (Mark Stafford) Rickman and her son Steven Rickman, Victoria; Jonathan (Kara) Rickman, Boerne.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Freund Funeral Home in Cuero.

Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed


Victoria Advocate, The (TX) - August 11, 2006


 Larry L. Brott


Larry L. Brott, age 52, of Victoria, Texas, died Friday, August 4, 2006, in a motorcycle accident in DeWitt County, Texas.


Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2006, in the chapel of Lunn Funeral Home with Scotte Clark, minister of Hamilton Street Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will follow in the Restland Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.

Larry was born June 6, 1954 in Long Beach, California to the late Fred and Dora (May) Brott. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1971 to 1974. He and Melissa Drennan May were married on April 21, 1995 in Olney, Texas. Larry was a manager for Alcoa Business System in Victoria, Texas. He had previously owned and operated his own Tae Kwon Do business in Fort Worth and was a Tae Kwon Do instructor at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas. He was a 3rd Degree Black Belt. He enjoyed playing golf and riding his motorcycle. He was a member of the Harley Davidson Club. He moved to Victoria in 2004 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Survivors include his wife, Melissa Brott of Victoria, Texas; children, Larry E. Allen of Texas, Tamara Berner of Big Spring, Texas, Clifford S. Brott of Alaska, Paul B. Brott of Big Spring, Texas, and Harley May of Victoria, Texas; and six grandchildren, Kevin, Jessie and Sarah Berner, Jessica Brott, Johnaton Tyler Brott, Jason David Brott; and mother-in-law, Sarah Drennan of Olney, Texas.


Pallbearers will be Harley May, Dave Buick, Kent Britton, Marvin Luther, Gus Aguirre, Terry Roubidoux, Tom Engelgau, and Ray Drennan.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed




Austin American-Statesman (TX) - November 15, 1998




Reed Brantley Parr, born December 28, 1906, in DeWitt County, Texas, died November 13, 1998, in San Marcos.


She was the widow of Lewis A. Parr, of LaPryor, who preceded her in death in 1980. Reed Parr was the youngest daughter among the eight children born to Rena Scott and Arnold H. Brantley.


One brother and sister-in-law, Harold C. and Evelyn Brantley, survive; along with a number of nieces and nephews.


She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in San Marcos, the San Marcos Association of Performing Arts, the Hays County Historical Commission, past-president of the San Marcos Association of Retired Teachers, the Friends of Fine Arts, the Heritage Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred. The Texas Historical Commission named her volunteer of the year in 1995, recognizing her many contributions.

Mrs. Parr was honored by SWTU in various ways. She received the Key of Excellence Award and the Alumni Achiever Award. The 11th floor assembly room of the J. C. Kellam Building has been named the Reed Brantley Parr Room. Mrs. Parr established the Lewis A. and Reed Brantley Parr Scholarship Program in Music, and her estate gift will create the Lewis A. and Reed Brantley Parr Presidential Endowment.


Services at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, Uvalde, Texas, at 2:00 p.m. November 14, 1998, will be followed by interment in the Uvalde Cemetery. Another service in celebration of her life will be held November 16, 1998, at 2:00 p.m. in the first Methodist Church, 129 Hutchinson Street, San Marcos, Texas. The Reverend Milam Allison Brantley, of Wimberley, will officiate at both services.


Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed




Austin American-Statesman (TX) - February 15, 1996





Marshall Willie Denson, 49, was born January 21, 1947, in Cuero, Texas, in Dewitt County, and went to his home going Wednesday, February 15, 1996, at 2:45 a.m.

Marshall was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille M. Denson.


He is survived by his sister, Shirley A. Denson Ballard and brother-in-law, Willie Ballard of Aurora, Colorado; brothers, Adam Denson of Cuero, Texas, Eugene and Josilyn Denson of Austin, Larry D. Denson of San Antonio, Texas, Clarence and Janice M. Bradshaw Jr. of Austin; nieces, Thessa Roy of Aurora, Colorado, and Latricia Bradshaw of Austin; nephews, Arakai Denson of Upland, California, Michael Everett of Austin, Kelvin Miracle of Mount Vernon, Washington, and Font'de K. Denson of Austin; aunt, Lillian Robinson of Austin; dear cousin, Vandy E. Lewis and husband, Chauncey; and a host of friends and relatives.

The family will receive friends 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday at Cook- Walden Funeral Home, Lamar location. Mr. Denson will lie in state Sunday evening at Freund Funeral Home, in Cuero, Texas, until funeral services 10:00 a.m. Monday at Mount Bethaney Baptist Church in Thomaston, Texas, with Reverend Chester Polk officiating. Interment will follow at Thomaston Community Cemetery.


Marshall's education began with Daule High School, graduating from

Cuero Sr. High School in 1966. He received his master's in education curriculum and instruction at the University of Texas. In 1989, Marshall became employed with the Rehabilitation Commission of Texas in Austin as a Disability Examiner II, later transferring to Program Administrator where he remained until his demise.


Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed




Austin American-Statesman (TX) - September 11, 1997




Mildred Rebecca Boyd, age 84, of Rockdale, Texas, died September 8, 1997, in a Rockdale hospital. She was born February 3, 1913, in DeWitt County, Texas.

A homemaker, she was married to the late James Cody Boyd on December 18, 1935, in Victoria, Texas.


She is survived by her sons, Jerold (Jerry) C. Boyd and wife, Lillie Ann, of Austin, and David H. Boyd and wife, Carolyn, of Rockdale; her daughter, Barbara Lucille Sturgill, and husband, Richard ''Dick'', of Chilhowie, Virginia; brothers, Harry Bluhm and Earl Bluhm of Austwell, Texas; sister, Dorothy Kelso and sister-in-law, Flora Bluhm of Austin; 12 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.


Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 1997, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Rockdale. Interment will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, in the Lytton Springs Cemetery in Lytton Springs, Texas.


Arrangements with Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.

VIRGINIA LEE GRIFFIN CAMERON DEC. 9, 1907 - SEPT. 10, 1997 Virginia Lee Griffin Cameron of Austin, died Wednesday, September 10, 1997.

Born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, she graduated from the University of Texas where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She was also a member of the English Speaking Union.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Balfour Cameron.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Caroline ''Cissy'' Cameron and husband, K.C. Franklin; son, Edward B. ''Ned'' Cameron and wife, Jane O. Cameron; niece, Sarah Y. Powell; nephew, Cameron R. Yeager; grandchildren, Bruce Cameron, Mary Jane Cameron and Erin McCartney; and one great-granddaughter, Laura Anne Shelton.

Friends may call at her home from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd with The Reverend Anne Hoey officiating. Entombment will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday, in the Abbey Chapel at Forest Park Cemetery, Houston, Texas.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Kappa Alpha Theta Scholarship Fund; ESU Scholarship Fund; or the charity of your choice.

Honorary pallbearers are J. Neal Miller, Judge John May, Ben H. Powell V, Dr. Francis McIntyre, John Koonce, and Austen Furse.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, 452-8811.


Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed





Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL) - October 24, 1989


 CLINTON - Wilbur E. Karr


CLINTON - Wilbur E. Karr, 78, of San Antonio, Texas, a DeWitt County native and a retired railroad inspector, died at 6:55 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 21, 1989) at Santa Rosa Hospital, San Antonio.

His funeral will be at 3 p.m. today at Mission Park Funeral Chapel South, San Antonio, Texas. Burial will be in Mission Burial Park South, San Antonio.

Mr. Karr was born Sept. 4, 1911, a son of Frank and Dottie Muirheid Karr. His wife preceded him in death.

Survivors include seven brothers, C. Herbert, Chenoa; Floyd, Lansing, Mich.; Raymond, Belvidere; John M., Wapella; Thomas M., Concord, N.C.; and Calvin and Francis E., both of Clinton; one sister, Nola M. Karr, Port Tobacco, Md.; one stepson, J.W. Shelton, Arlington, Texas; one stepdaughter, Betty Klonaris, Fort Worth, Texas; and two stepgrandchildren.

Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Mr. Karr was an inspector for the Southern Pacific Railroad for more than 15 years.

He was a member of the Harlandale Christian Church and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Mr. Karr was an Army veteran of World War II.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.


Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed




Victoria Advocate, The (TX) - November 26, 2000




Finley Jackson was born September 19, 1914 in DeWitt County, Hochheim Community near Cuero, Texas. At a young age Finley's family moved to Refugio, Texas. Later Finley moved to San Antonio, Texas where he united with West End Baptist Church and worked for Union Pacific Railroad. He was the third of six children born to the union of James and Bertha Johnson Jackson. He attended school at Daule.

Other professions includes Armstrong Transfer Company as a truck driver; VFW as a porter; Augman Clinic as Chief Dietary Chef; ABC Bank (Bank of America) as Building Superintendent and Personal Aide to W.M. Noble, CEO of ABC Bank. He retired from the bank after more than 32 years.

Finley and Juanita Stovall were married January 28, 1951. To this union two children were born, Finley L. Jackson Jr. and Anita (Jackson) Jones.

Finley leaves to Cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife Juanita Jackson; two children Anita M. (Jackson) Jones; and Finley L. Jackson Jr.; a beloved son-in-law Freddie Ray Jones; two Grandchildren Brandi and Kristofer Jones; two Godsons Maurice Callis and Mitchell Harrison; three God Daughters Joyce Snell, Maragret Vrana Metting, Sandra King Reeves; two sisters Stevanna Herron and Geneva Bussey; nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

* Viewing Sunday Nov. 26, 8:00 a.m. to 9 :00 p.m. at Rosewood and Monday Nov. 27, 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Mt. Nebo.


Contributed by Connie Nesloney Sneed